The Qin Dynasty

The Qin dynasty was the first unified, imperial state in Chinese History, lasting from 221 BC to 207 BC. The first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, ruled the state. Qin was a legalist. He believed that people were bad so they needed to be watched. He had absolute control and punished people badly, like being buried alive or working on the great wall. There were 36 provinces, and each province was divided into districts. Two government officials were in charge of each province. Qin developed a spy system. Turning in a lawbreaker would result in a reward. If one did not turn in a lawbreaker, they would be executed. Qin took land from the nobles to prevent uprising. The nobles were also forced to be a farmer or a silk maker. The only books that were available were about medicine, agriculture or prophecy. He burned many books about Confucius. He standardized weights and measure. Qin did not think he was strict. Qin said, “A thousand may die so that a million may live.” He claimed that public work helped decrease famine and floods, and that the great wall helped with war as well. No one ever rebelled. Qin died of natural causes. Eventually, his son took over, but was overthrown. The leader that led the revolt was the new emperor. This is when the Han dynasty began. Qin was buried in a tomb with terracotta soldiers in Xian. He is still there today.  – Maxine Dubois

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  1. ufinbeijing says:

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