Francis Fukuyama is a well-known, controversial American political scientist, political economist, and author. In his latest book, “The Origins of Political Order”–an impressive blend of anthropology, social biology, history and political science–Fukuyama goes in search of the origins of modern government – something so essential to our lives that we forget how arduous it was to create in the first place, assuming conscious acts were involved rather than necessity. Watching this after having read Chapter 2 will provide you with much greater insight into the development of civilization, specifically in China and India.
|Politics||Mandate of Heaven; dynastic cycle; Zhou/Qin/Han Dynasties; Legalism & Shi Huangdi; centralization; state bureaucracy|
|Intellectual/Science||Standardization (currency, weights/measures, language)|
|Geography||Yangtze & Yellow Rivers; Great Wall|
|Religion||Oracle bones/ancestor worship|
|Social||“Middle Kingdom”; Ying/Yang; Confucisanism (Confucius); Daoism (Lao Tze); Legalism (Shi Huangdi); Patriarchal society; slavery vs. serfdom|