Legalism Timeline

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  • c. 481 BCE - 221 BCE
    Warring States Period in China, Legalism develops in response to the horrors of war.
  • c. 338 BCE
    Death of Shang Yang, early proponent of Legalist philosophy in China.
  • c. 280 BCE - c. 233 BCE
    Life of Han Feizi who developed Legalism in China.
  • 213 BCE - 206 BCE
    Qin Dynasty elevates Legalism as state philosophy and bans all others.
  • 202 BCE - 220 CE
    Han Dynasty under which Legalism relaxes.
  • 141 BCE - 87 BCE
    Han Emperor Wu abandons Legalism in favor of Confucianism.