Saving Yan (Ancient Chinese History

ONLY ONE PRIMARY SOURCE WILL BE USED IN THIS PAPER (attached in files)
ALL THE CITATIONS MUST COME FROM THE PRIMARY SOURCE
ADDITIONAL RULES FOR THIS PAPER IS ALSO IN THE ATTACHED FILES.

The year is 230 BCE, and those kingdoms that have been able to survive the Warring States era thus far are engaged in a nearly-constant struggle. Their goal is nothing less than to replace the Zhou dynasty and establish themselves as rulers of the Realm. Fearing for the future of his state in this chaotic age, the King of Yan has issued an invitation to scholars and statesmen, asking them to travel to Yan and offer advice on how to properly rule the state. You are a shi, a student of one of the teachers of ancient China; you may choose Mencius, Laozi, Mozi, Xunzi, or Han Feizi and the Legalists as your teacher. Make your case to the King of Yan, emphasizing how the teachings of your master will bring order to his kingdom and perhaps even to the Realm at large. You must also demonstrate how, from your perspective, why the teachings of your rivals are flawed and will lead to disaster for Yan (please note that you can also agree with aspects of their teachings if that makes sense for your chosen tradition). Remember, the King will be hearing their views alongside those of your teacher. Because the shi used the classics when arguing their case, be sure to draw on the readings from the Sources of Chinese Tradition. Notes: Make sure you have an introduction, a thesis, ample evidence for your thesis (based on quotations from our primary source readings), and a conclusion. Your thesis is the main argument or concept driving your paperit should not be something that is simplistic or common sense, but a complex statement that must be proven with textual evidence. Please type your thesis in bold font. Provide ample evidence for your thesis in the remainder of your paper; this evidence will be culled from your primary sources (the writings of the philosophers). Be sure to demonstrate mastery of your chosen philosopher, as well as a critique of other thinkers; this critique should be informed by the scholastic tradition you have chosen to follow. Thus if you decide on promoting a Confucian approach to government, your critique of other philosophers (such as Laozi) should be from a Confucian perspective. While you can certainly draw on information from lectures and the Hansen text, you should emphasize primary source readings in providing evidence for your thesis. Please use parenthetical citation for all quotations and proofread your paper several times before turning it in; you will be graded for prose as well as content. As you will only be using readings from the documents reader, no bibliography is needed. Consult Some Rules for Writing History Papers (Revised) for information on proper citation format. Send your paper to me at bdemare@tulane.edu with your name as the file title, in doc. or docx. format.

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