The Qin Dynasty was China’s first dynasty. A Dynasty is a line of hereditary rulers of a country. Because it was the first unified, multi-national and power-centralized state in China, it is considered to be one of the most popular Dynasties. The first person to call himself an emperor of the Qin Dynasty was Qin Shi Huang. The word ‘’emperor’’ has now been used for many thousands of years. His Dynasty was short lived and brutal, but gained many accomplishments. His reign lasted from 221 B.C to 210 B.C. From the way he treated his people to the way he ruled his country, his reign had an everlasting effect on Chinese history.
The Archeological findings of Qin Shihuangdi’s Funeral Complex and the Terra Cotta Army In the mountains of Shaanxi, China, farmers came across one of the most significant archeological findings of all time. Hidden under what was thought a mountain, was the discovery of Emperor Qin Shihuangdi’s tomb.
In fact, the construction of his tomb began before he even became emperor! It was built to resemble an entire empire; Qin Shi Huang wanted to remain as a person of great significance, even in the afterlife. It is believed that there are rivers of liquid mercury in his tomb because of his obsession with it. While the main tomb where his body is hasn’t been excavated, what has been found has been very astounding. Outside of his tomb stands an army of over 8,000 terracotta soldiers to protect his
Shi Huangdi definitely controlled the Qin with an iron fist. He ruled with autocracy which is where the government has unlimited power and runs their dynasty similar to a tyrant. When Shi Huangdi built the Great Wall of China, he forced laborers to work on the wall or die. The Qin dynasty was not afraid of cruelty and Confucian scholars were given no mercy. Because the Qin were legalists, any citizen who broke the law was executed.
It was a project that went down into Ancient China's history; full of hardship, hard work, and sometimes, even death. The Great Wall of China was built over a 2,000- year period, and measures to 5,488 miles long. Who were the ones behind the biggest wall in the world? It was the Qin Dynasty (“chin”) and the Han Dynasty. Qin had ruled and lived from 221 until 206 BCE and the Han dynasty from 206 BCE until 220 CE. But these men were definitely not the ones to create this Great wall, It was the people who no one would expect to create much such a big, powerful wall that went down in history. The ones to create The Great Wall of China were the peasant's soldiers and slaves. And many had not come out alive. The Great Walls did take much sacrifice, but it had been worth it keeping out invaders, terrorists and anyone wanting to destroy China itself.
Qin Shi Huang-Di has left a large impact on China, and by extension the world, that has lasted many years. Qin created the foundation of the Chinese country of today. Some scholars even believe that without Qin Shi Huang-Di, there would be no China at all (Gracie). Qin’s impact on the world was the creation of an entire country, a pretty impressive feat. Especially in his time, when nothing like China had ever been created before, his unification and reformation of China into a lasting country is inspiring. Qin is sometimes credited “with establishing the world’s first truly centralized bureaucratic empire” (Gracie). Furthermore, his format of a centralized bureaucratic empire would be the basis for many other empires and countries that would
Although Qin Shi Huang-Di is sometimes seen as a fantastic leader and unifier, he was also paranoid, oppressive, and tyrannical. For example, he was constantly worried about people who opposed him and about keeping control of his country. When Confucian scholars talked behind his back or criticized him because his administration was built on Legalism, he decided to get rid of them and ordered the arrest and execution of over 400 scholars (Gracie). This dislike of opposition and debate has carried over to the communist party of China today, showing just how much of Qin’s legacy has lasted. Along with the arrest of the scholars, he also used other means to end intellectual opposition. In 213 BCE, he ordered that all books be burned, except for
“About 300,000 men from Qin’s army were ordered to build and guard the wall until complete.” This quote tells how many people were ordered to build the wall. China’s Great Wall is also called the longest graveyard because so many people died there. Many people were ordered to build the wall, but so many people died there which is why it is considered and extreme cost. In conclusion, The benefits did outweigh the costs.
“All the peasants and soldiers to the wall.” Imagine being a laborer and having to contribute in the construction of the wall. During the Qin and Han dynasties, the Great Wall of China was built. The continuous wall protected the dynasties from the Mongols. The benefits of the wall did not outweigh the costs because of the soldiers , the economy that went down, and the forced labor from peasants and laborers.
The Great Wall of Ancient China -Hailey Shipley More than 1 million people died while building the Great Wall of China! The Great Wall of ancient China was a huge wall that was build to keep out unwanted people (the Xiongnu). The Great Wall took many peoples lives because of the heights and suffering the people went through.
In ancient China, each dynasty had contributed to building a wall to protect the borders. In the Qin dynasty, they built a 1,500-2500 miles long, part of the wall. This took from 221-206 BCE. Also, the Han dynasty had built a 4,000 mile long part of the wall. Which took from 206 BCE -220 CE (400 years). The only problem with this wall, was that if it was worth the money and the lives that were lost for the possible benefits that would come. From various documents, it showed that the cost of building the wall, does outweigh the benefits of it. Document C shows that the Han had paid tribute to the Xiongnu Mongols to stop them from raiding China, but it happened anyways. Also, Document E shows the amount of harsh conditions and people who were laid to work for this wall.
#1 - Time/Length When Emperor Qin had the idea of building the sheer size wall that was built to increase security, impress visitors, and enhance the glory of china came with patience and a long time. It took over 2,500 years to complete the construction of the wall! According to the background essay’s timeline, so many segments of the wall have been started by different dynasties. They were always being extended, or torn down to repair and built anew. The first dynasty to start the wall was the Qin.