Public Good and Partisan Gain: Political Languages of Faction in Late Imperial China and Eighteenth-Century England

@article{Levine2012PublicGA,
  title={Public Good and Partisan Gain: Political Languages of Faction in Late Imperial China and Eighteenth-Century England},
  author={A. Levine},
  journal={Journal of World History},
  year={2012},
  volume={23},
  pages={841 - 882}
}
  • A. Levine
  • Published 2012
  • History
  • Journal of World History
This article compares the fictional rhetoric in late imperial China with that of eighteenth-century England to explain how political rhetoricians could justify the existence of ministerial factions at court by representing them as loyal servants of the public good. Yet, historical contingency and different alignments of state and society produced divergent discourses of political authority in China, where faction was deplored, and England, where partisan divisions were increasingly accepted… Expand
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