How Did Emperor Zheng Influence The Han Dynasty

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In 246 BCE Prince Zheng ascended to the Qin throne and lead the dynasty to vanquish all enemies and unite China under one ruler, himself, "The First Emperor," for the first time in history. It's debatable whether Emperor Zheng was one of the greats, but he wanted to be as he expressed good morals according to Confucian standards by climbing up five mountains, also known as his, "expeditions." At every mountaintop, Zheng carved his accomplishments on stone and left it there for the world to see. This act supported not only his dynasty, but the Confucianism teachings which believed the role of all great rulers was to lead their subjects in ritual. Heacily influenced by legalist teachings, Emperor Zheng also demonstrated more control over his subjects than previous…show more content…
The foundation of Legalism which he forced his subjects to conform to lead to the development of Chinses civilizations because the Qin dynasty was able to use it to unify China and inspire the Han dynasty. Although Emperor Zheng led the Qin army to fight with the same weapons as their rivals, but because of their meritocracy, they were undefeated. The meritocracy allowed soldiers and officials to be promoted strictly on the of accomplishment no matter the ranking of your family. Similar to Ashoka's way of providing people with the hopeful possibility of a change in status to get what he wanted, Zheng follows the same principle. A skilled soldier may rise to become a general, but the one lacking in skill may remain a common footed soldier. Although Qin dynasty did greatly impact the history of China in a positive way, historians eventually came to the realization that the Qin laws were harshly unpredictable and the laws were detailed at an extremely careful rate which was alarming. In fact, once Zheng died, with the idea that his legacy would remain, peasants ended his dynasty in a rebellion that occurred for three years. The rebellion was lead by Liu Bang who eventually founded Han
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