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@lins314159's answer is correct: the Eastern Zhou's fall began with the demise of the Western Zhou. Importantly, as @lins314159 says, the Eastern Zhou was never able to control its vassals. I'd like to elaborate a bit on why that was the case though. Moral Authority Following the eastward move, Zhou's moral authority and general prestige crumbled. But this ...


This is a story originating in the supposedly biographical work 岳鄂王行實編年, "Chronicles of the Life of King Yue of E". It was written by Yue Fei's grandson, who was trying to rehabilitate his grandfather's reputation. Predictably, he weaved a ton of exaggerations and outright fabrications into the narrative. According to the conventional story, the Jin cavalry ...

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