Terracotta Army Imagine you are a peasant in China, and you are trying to dig a well. While you are drilling you hear something like grinding stone on metal. You dig up what made the strange sound, and you find a piece of a life sized clay warrior. That discovery made what archeologists call the "eighth wonder of the world" (Krings104). This archeological wonder is the Terracotta Army of Xi'an.
The era of the Han dynasty in China, simply referred to as ‘Han China,’ was an extremely prominent one, with power that almost rivaled the Romans themselves. During this period of China, achievements and accomplishments reached new heights as the Silk Road opened, which allowed connection with the western world. However, even with all this, Han China still fell, thanks to opposing forces in the form of nomadic tribes, several natural disasters that were interpreted as angry messages from the gods, and internal/political unrest. During the Han dynasty and the opening of the Silk Road, there were several aggressive, nomadic tribes that centered around the Asian area.
During the Warring States Period Ancient China, Ying Zheng was born (259 BCE) to King Zhuangxiang and Queen Dowager Zhou. During this time, 7 major states of China were fighting for dominance over the country. It lasted from 475-221 BCE (which was about 254 years). At thirteen years old, Ying Zheng’s father died and he ascended to the throne of China to become king. He had to rule with a regent for a period of time, as he was too young to lead on his own, but once he took the throne to himself, it became his main goal as a king to unify China.
Qin Shi Huang-di is often regarded as a great leader within history. However, he was also paranoid and got rid of anyone who disagreed with him, but without Qin, there might be no China. Furthermore, despite his mixed reputation today, he brought six warring kingdoms together to form the basis of a country that has lasted to this day, an impressive feat that was a huge turning point in Chinese history. Qin’s effect on China and by default, on the other countries of the world was enormous. In fact, his dynasty, the Qin dynasty, even gave China its name (“Shi Huangdi Becomes Emperor”).
Qin Shi Haungdi was one of the most important emperors in Chinese history; as the first emperor he needed to centralize the political economical and military power as one group, (theqin-dynasty-ag.weebly.com/government.html created by weebly ) The unification of china meant that Shi haungdi would have to create a standardized measurement, weight and a system of law that would apply to every part of China. He made the banliang coin of the Qin state the single currency of the new Qin Empire. He made forms of bronze money, which came in a number of different shapes and sizes, became obsolete. The standardisation of coinage can be seen as both a symbol of the emperor’s political authority and as an important economic development.
The death of Emperor Qin at the age of 50 came as a complete surprise to the people of China. It is important to reflect on his time as the ruler of China: to review the life of Qin, focusing on his background, achievements and the negative aspects of his rule to decide whether he will go down in history as a good or bad emperor. From a very young age, Qin was born to rule. Qin Shi Huang was born in Qin in northern western of China 259 BCE.
Qin Shihuang’s many faults and unattractive features derive in large part from his achievements. One of his most well-known traits is harshness, which at times was considered despotic. He is said to have maintained strict order over his kingdom, and valued obedience above all. As the first ruler to have united many Warring States and subsequently impose a central government with astonishing alacrity, this trait may seem expected in some ways.
In our history, countries have found what government types have worked and what hasn’t. For example, the Qin and Zhou dynasties both represent the output of a person/group having too much power. Also, we had two wars over communism because in communism the central government has too much power. I think that a great country is based around the power given. To spread the power I would use the U.S. Constitution and Chinese philosophies.
The movie hero is based on the idea of an assassin the wants to kill Emperor Qin. He believes his decision to kill Qin is a just and noble cause. Then soon realizes that Qin is only trying to unify the country, even though it was a little controversial idea at the time. Now the story does show some real ideas for Qin but the story in its self isn’t true, just great TV.
“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.