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Chinese Politics: Has it really changed over the years??

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Dale Miller History 352 "Chinese Civilizations" Dr. Tim Reins January 19, 2003 Chinese Politics: Has it really changed over the years?? Chinese politics throughout the three plus millennia that China has been a civilized nation has always keep one thing straight, there will someone in charge and as long as they do a 'proper job,' they will stay in charge. Many things changed throughout time including philosophy of the ruling family, or party as the current situation stands, amount of change and freedom allowed to the public and even in the specifics of how one is to rule a country of size. With all of the changes taken place in China through what some individuals see as continuous hostile takeovers, China and its rulers have remained unified to keeping the traditions alive. The "Mandate of Heaven" was what has guided the transfer of power since the beginning of Chinese civilizations. ...read more.


Communication from community to community was not established until around the Qin/Ch'in dynasty around the birth of Christ. To this day, local uprisings, typically with students or the intellectual community, are the basis of all revolutionary actions brought against the government. Change, the amount allowed, and the rate at which it occurs is another consistency throughout the existence of China. China has always feared change for it challenges those with power to change also. Those with the power and influence feel that with change, their power may change meaning they may not remain the family in charge. China has always regulated change through small means: from the nationalistic intentions of the Qin/Ch'in dynasty in bringing a unified China to the surface to the intellectual turn in the Ming dynasty that ended all overseas exploration because of the loss in trade value in what China was receiving compared to what it had to offer. ...read more.


Confucianism is another thing that has wavered among dynasties throughout Chinese politics. In some dynasties, take the T'ang dynasty for example, who embodied Confucianism to its fullest extent as they employed the civil exam system based on Confucius' thoughts and practices for placement in their government. Others chose to disregard the thoughts of Confucius and rule how they saw fit, like Chinggis Khan and the Yuan Dynasty. As time has passed, tradition has guided the Chinese political system through its ages. Some dynasties thought the previous tradition had worked fine with minimal tweaking where as others decided that for their family to remain in power for many generations, major changes in how things were done, needed to be changed. Either way, its people with or without the political powers approval, embodied the traditions of China and China has allowed China to be one of the longest standing, continuously existing civilizations ever. ...read more.

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