Ju (Chinese: 莒; pinyin: Jǔ) was a Dongyi state in modern Shandong province during the Zhou dynasty (1046–256 BCE) of ancient China. The rulers of Ju had the surname of Ji 己. According to the Shuowen Jiezi, "Ju" means taro or a wooden tool. It was weakened by wars with the states of Chu and Qi. Eventually the state was annexed by Qi, and the City of Ju became a major stronghold of Qi.
State of Ju
|1046 BC–431 BC|
Ju is a small state in the east
|Religion||Chinese folk religion|
|Historical era||Western Zhou period|
Spring and Autumn period
Warring States period
• Conquered by Chu
|Today part of||China|
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- Gu Derong (顾德融); Zhu Shunlong (朱顺龙) (2003). 春秋史 [History of the Spring and Autumn Period]. Shanghai People's Publishing House. p. 29. ISBN 978-7-208-04544-6.
- 莒国文明注青史 激荡演义六百年 Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine
- "Three questions regarding the origin of the State of Ju (有关莒国史三个问题的考辨)" (in Chinese). Archived from the original on September 13, 2012. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
- 張俊成：莒公孫朝子鐘銘及年代問題 Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine
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