the First Emperor
We have no accurate dates for Mencius' life; but we know that he flourished in 300 B.C., more than 700 years after the Zhou dynasty was established, which is mentioned in passing in the last chapter of the book The Discources of Mencius. His birthplace in today's Shandong Province is some 700 miles east of Xi'an.
Mencius lived in one of the most unstable periods of Chinese history: during the waning days of the Zhou dynasty, the ruling house fell
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Publication information: Book title: China, a Macro History. Contributors: Ray Huang - Author. Publisher: M. E. Sharpe. Place of publication: Armonk, NY. Publication year: 1997. Page number: 12.