Qin And Han Dynasties: The Great Wall Of China

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“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. To begin, several soldiers were forced into labor on the Great Wall. For example, more than 300,000 men were ordered to build and guard the wall. To explain, the men were to guard and build the wall until it was complete. To add on, soldiers were forced to leave their families. For example, soldiers would leave their families for a long period of time. Furthermore, the soldiers were forced to work for a long time until the wall was complete. The soldiers worked for two to five years and because the wall was a continuous structure, the wall was never completely finished. In conclusion, the soldiers spent a lot of time on the wall which deprived them from their families and villages. Another way that the benefits didn’t outweigh the costs, is that the peasants and laborers had worked for long periods of times in harsh conditions resulting in death during the construction of the Great …show more content…

At the beginning, the people of China became scared. To explain, people became afraid of leaving their families and villages to work for the wall. Afterwards, less people moved to China and more wanted to move with the rival land, the Xiongnu. The government built walled cities and high walls to keep the people of China inside the right side or the wall. In the end, a war between the Xiongnu people and the Han and Qing dynasties escalated. To explain, there was heavy fighting during 2nd century BCE between the Xiongnu and dynasties. For this reason, the economy of China declined because of the Great Wall of

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