|Title of host publication||The Encyclopedia of Ancient History: Asia and Africa|
|Editors||D. T. POTTS, Ethan HARKNESS, Jason NEELIS, Roderick MCINTOSH|
|Publisher||John Wiley and Sons Inc.|
|Publication status||Published - 28 Oct 2021|
Dong Zhongshu was a preeminent Confucian scholar of the early Han Empire, often credited with the development of imperial Confucianism as a state ideology. He argued for the singular importance of the Confucian classics as a repository of good governing principles, and the need for the state bureaucracy to staff itself with morally cultivated men. He also appealed to a model of correlative cosmology based on a dynamic interplay of yin–yang forces for his exegetical studies of the Confucian classics, especially the Spring and Autumn Annals.