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State, concepts of the
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1. Early Legitimization of the Authority of the State

Concepts of statehood in China date back to early relations between ruler and ruled which can be traced from archaeological findings and, since the late 2nd millennium BCE, from written documents. In this regard, state and society (including Chinese culture) were equated. The idea of state sovereignty d…

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Schmidt-Glintzer, Helwig, “State, concepts of the”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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