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Chinese History: Key People

Chinese History: Key People

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Confucius
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philosopher whose moral teachings permeated all of Chinese culture
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Ban Zhou
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foremost female Confucian who served as court historian and argued for female education
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Sima Qian
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the first great Chinese historian who completed the Shiji (Historical Records)
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Cao Cao
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harsh but talented ruler of Wei during the Three Kingdoms
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Zhu Xi
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influential rationalist Neo-Confucian who emphasized "investigation of things"
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Han Fei
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systematized the perspective of legalism as the use of law, method, and legitimacy in ruling
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Xunzi
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legalist Confucian who believed that people are inherently bad
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Mencius
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influential Confucian who believed that people are inherently good
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Qin Shi Huang
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legalist emperor who unified China, created infrastructure, and standardized writing and measurement
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Laozi
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philosopher who founded Taoism
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