DOI: 10.17265/2159-5836/2016.06.005
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ZHANG Zhao-yang

Abstract: In early China, ordinary people had a "right" to demand for justice and they often exerted that "right". Due to the nature of our sources, which are preoccupied with the concerns of the governing elite, the ordinary people's voices are often lost, but even the scanty evidence that we have suggests that ordinary people did not always passively wait for justice to be delivered to them by the authorities. On one hand, the elites recognized that all human being had the sense of justice and its expression was a na…

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