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Unformatted text preview: The chinese emperor thru history, the Qin unification of china, the first emperor. He is son of heaven. Resides in forbidden city Has absolute power Commands 1000s of officials and eunuchs, not to mention hundreds (or thousands) of palace ladies Centrality of the location of the imperial city (forbidden city) in Beijing The gate of heavenly peace Tiananmen square Even today, this place is central. Largest quare in the world The Qin unification Qin dyn 221-206 BCE Han dyn 206 BC 220 CE Cycles of unification and fragmentation of Chinese empire Factors against unified empire (centrifugal forces):- Territorial vastness- Mountain barrier- Linguistic diversity- Regional cultures Factores favoring (centripetal)- Common writing system- String sense of Chinese (Han) vs non-chinese border ppls- Myth of ancient universal rule (Xia, Shang, Zhou dyns) Ultimately, thanks in large part to the 1 st emperor, a string enduring conviction that all under heaven tianxia (or our land) should be one...
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2009 for the course EACS 4A taught by Professor Ji during the Winter '06 term at UCSB.
- Winter '06