The Great Wall of Ancient China : Did the Benefits Outweigh the Costs? The Great Wall of China was built by the soldiers and the peasants, but they were controlled by the Han and the Qin Dynasty. The Wall was meant the keep the Mongols (intruders) out . In fact, however the benefits did not outweigh the cost of The Great Wall of China. According to document C it states " soldiers were forced to leave families and villages for several years" and " tens of thousands soldiers died from hunger, sickness, and extreme heat or cold. "
This is because there were many advantages. For example, It had kept out unwanted people. What I mean is it had made it very hard for invaders or countries who wanted to start a war; to get through or over the great wall. Another example is the fact that it had saved many crops and valuables from getting stolen from other countries. China has always been known to grow or make things that many other countries like so this wall helped those things from not being stolen or destroyed.
The Wall took around 2,000 years to build. Did the benefits outweigh the costs? I believe that they did not because of documents F, E, B. There were to many people being tortured just for one wall and all of the not necessary deaths, not to mention but all of the peasants and farmers the people who last the food had to go build he wall so everyone even if you weren’t building the wall document E, F. There were many deaths involved in the Great Wall that were not worth it document F, E. There were a lot of deaths because of the Great Wall being built. The wall caused a lot of deaths that wee not needed, document E, F, B.
The Great Wall was made by the Qin and Han dynasty's to keep out invaders and other enemies. The benefits did outweigh the cost because it kept your city protected, it was harder for invaders to attack. They also put troops in the frontier areas of the Wall to increase the security level. According to document A it states that "the government will construct walled cities, well protected by high walls, deep moats, catapults, and thorns." This shows that the Qin and Han wanted to make it harder for the mongols to attack and that china wanted to be prepared for when other dangerous situations happen.
The Great Wall of China: Did the Benefits Outweigh the Cost? The Qin and Han dynasty built the notorious wall we know today as The Great Wall of China. Although, The Great Wall of China has many benefits, but it does come with some costs. The benefits of the wall are great I do not think they out weigh the costs.
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 Panama Canal and The Great Wall Of China shares many similarity and differences. A difference that both have is when they were created. The Panama Canal was created in 1914, while the Great Wall was created as early as 220 BC! Although it was created so early, there was more to come from the walls. Another difference that both share are is that they were created for separate purposes. The Great Wall was created so that any intruders trying to come into the land, would be stopped by the wall. The Panama Canal though, was created so that travel could be easier through the Americas. Both of these were not fully put into what was originally planned for them though, and this is what brings me into the similarities.
Chinese leaders could not collectively agree on an approach, and Beijing’s new rulers saw very little value in naval affairs. Seafaring expeditions proved to be costly, forcing higher taxes on an already depraved population. They believed that the financial risk was not worth the little return. Trade did flourish when the Chinese made connections with Western explorers, however the exploits of trade did not benefit the country as a whole. Mongolians and other raiders posed a serious threat to China’s frontier.
Also from document 6 “The Yuan emperors built canals to improve transportation and communication.” That was a very positive thing that Genghis khan did. And from document 10. there were many peaceful rules and if you did not follow you had punishments most by death like the rule on adultery.
The ruler Han Gaozu changed many laws and polices and “promoted the welfare of its subjects”(p.81) unlike the ruler Qin. After the Han Dynasty there was not another great dynasty four hundred years later after the fall of the Han
Support Natural resources caused imperialism to become an important part of China. China at the time had a weak military and not much of a political system. Because China was a good target for the European Countries they tried to take all the land they could. Since China was already a colonized country there were already established trade routes. Imperialism was also a big contributor to the culture of China that helped in the betterment of the existing society.
In ancient China, the large mountains in the West and many seas surrounding China in the East, created natural barriers affecting the lives of the Chinese people. The Great Wall of China, built during the Qin Dynasty, plus all of the natural barriers, kept the
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.
The government became a bureaucracy he strengthen the military, and made giant technological advances. Qin developed legalism forcing his power of the government on people, only forcing his power that enabled him to build his tomb. If his people did not follow these rules they would have been severely punished. Like other second wave civilizations China absorbed the religion of
The Yuan Dynasty under the Mongol empire has an extensive amount of public works as they built granaries to protect the dynasty from famine, and created large road and water networks. These public works allowed for the people to have large surplus of food and water and also be able to travel in a more organized manner with the road system created (New World Encyclopedia, Country Studies). Everyone in the Yuan dynasty had access to these public works as they were used to the economy and to keep everyone fed. While having these very useful public works the Yuan dynasty also had lots of techniques using technology for warfare and engineering. While using new warfare technology from the Chinese the Yuan were able to create a strategy to take down fortification by studying the way forts were made.