Han Dynasty Changes

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Between 100 CE and 300 CE, the Han Dynasty had set important cultural foundations, such as Confucianism, constant, which lasted even after the rule of the Dynasty due to literature. The cultural changes led to a period of peace and economic prosperity; however, the political changes, such as unequal control of land between the rich and poor, had resulted in the Empire’s collapse by 220 CE, and it led to the Three Kingdoms Period (ends in 280 CE). The interior government was corrupt because of the civil service exams and the outer court system. Wealthy people had taken advantage of their power in order to get power. The court systems and the elite class became more focused on the luxuries of ruling rather than the duties of ruling. Teachings …show more content…

The civil service exams, which are daylong tests designed to elect officials based on merit and skill rather than royal birth, started to become corrupt. As education correlated with wealth, many wealthy people had the opportunity of getting the correct education for the exams. Also, wealthy fathers who held power would take advantage of the civil service exams in order to get his son to take his position. There is significant separation with the classes, as the wealthy held power and the poor did not. These power shifts between the rich and poor had started to corrupt the state. The inner and outer court system and the Emperor’s reign had drastically weakened because of how the elite class focused on amusement and luxuries rather than the duties of ruling. Peasants started to revolt because land for the poor was much more limited in size than the land for the rich. As the Empire began to weaken internally, exterior forces, such as invasions from Mongols, Xiongnu, and other groups had overwhelmed the Han Dynasty. Immediately proceeding the fall in 220 CE, a period called the Three Kingdoms was a period of disunity and war between the Wei, Wu, and Shu Han states. This period occurred because of the fall of the Han Dynasty in 220 CE, due to natural disasters and peasant uprisings. It is significant because it led to …show more content…

Yet, the developing culture of the Han Dynasty and its period of disunity, such as technology, paintings, pottery, history recording, and literature will resonate in Chinese culture. The most important aspect during the time period of 100 CE - 300 CE was the changes. The changes include the corruption of the civil service exams, the change in the political structure that lead to the Three Kingdoms Period, and the changes in cultural achievements. The shift in power that correlated with the shift in power between the classes had created instability, which ripped apart society and led to its fall. If this had not have happened, the Han Dynasty would not have fallen as

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