The speaker Yi Zhongtian (易中天) claimed there was no real evidence of Liu Pi (刘濞) or other Imperial princes were actually planning to revolt. He also cited that the execution of Chao Chuo (晁错) led to some princes from deciding not to join the revolt.
On the other hand, the abolition of autonomous fiefs was seen as necessary in history as part of unification and development of China, and thus revoking the priviliges and downsizing the territories of the Imperial princes was considered as just, even though in modern terms, it is akin to state stealing personal properties.
What do you guys think? This was to happen again during the Ming Dynasty, the difference being Prince Zhu Di of Yan (燕王朱棣) succeeded in replacing Emperor Jianwen (建文).
Edited by snowybeagle, 10 December 2007 - 11:58 PM.