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鹽鐵論   By: (1st cent. BC)

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"鹽鐵論" by Kuan Huan is a classic Chinese text that explores the economic and military strategies necessary for a prosperous empire. The author presents a compelling argument for the importance of the salt and iron industries in maintaining stability and power. Through detailed analysis and historical examples, Kuan Huan makes a convincing case for the central role these industries play in the success of a nation.

One of the most impressive aspects of this book is the depth of research and scholarship that went into its creation. Kuan Huan draws on a wide range of sources, from ancient texts to contemporary accounts, to support his arguments and provide a comprehensive view of the topic. This thorough approach helps to make his points more convincing and gives readers a thorough understanding of the issues at hand.

In addition to its academic rigor, "鹽鐵論" is also a highly readable and engaging work. Kuan Huan's clear and straightforward writing style makes complex ideas accessible to a wide audience, and his use of vivid examples and anecdotes brings the material to life. Readers will find themselves drawn into the world of ancient China and intrigued by the strategies and tactics that Kuan Huan proposes.

Overall, "鹽鐵論" is a fascinating and thought-provoking book that offers valuable insights into the relationship between economic power and military strength. It is a must-read for anyone interested in history, politics, or economics, and it has much to teach us about the challenges and opportunities facing modern societies as well.

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本議第一

惟始元六年,有詔書使丞相、禦史與所舉賢良、文學語。問民間所疾苦。

文學對曰:「竊聞治人之道,防淫佚之原,廣道德之端,抑末利而開仁義,毋示 以利,然後教化可興,而風俗可移也。今郡國有鹽、鐵、酒榷,均輸,與民爭利 。散敦厚之樸,成貪鄙之化。是以百姓就本者寡,趨末者眾。夫文繁則質衰,末 盛則質虧。末修則民淫,本修則民愨。民愨則財用足,民侈則饑寒生。願罷鹽、 鐵、酒榷、均輸,所以進本退末,廣利農業,便也。」

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