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SHANG YANG

390 BCE – 338 BCE
Chinese

"He who prides himself an extraordinary person by his deeds is rejected by the world; he who has independent ideas is hated by the mass."

Shang Yang, born 390BC, was an important Chinese statesman of Qin in the Warring States Period of ancient China. With the support of Duke Xiao of Qin, Yang enacted numerous reforms (in accordance with his legalist philosophy recorded in The Book of Lord Shang) in the state of Qin that helped to change Qin from a peripheral state into a militarily powerful and strongly centralized kingdom, changing the administration by emphasizing meritocracy and devolving power from the nobility.

TITLES BY SHANG YANG

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