9-25 The Qin Dynasty- Unification under China's First Emperor

9-25 The Qin Dynasty- Unification under China's First Emperor

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Greg Gallagher 25 September 2006 The Qin Dynasty: 221-206 B.C.E. 1) Rise and Fall of the Qin/ Qin Political System a) Qin Shi Huangdi i) China’s First Emperor (1) Refers to himself as Huangdi (Emperor), not Wang (King) ii) Very Active Emperor iii) Into magic (1) Tries to extend his life through it (2) He begins to get paranoid (a) In 211 a meteor comes down and lands in the ancestral homeland of the Qin (i) Was written on it that “the first emperor will die and his land will be divided” (ii) Had people in area of impact zone executed and had meteor destroyed. iv) Terracotta Army (1) Had his army made into statues and was found b) Centralization of Power c) Li Si and Legalism in Practice i) Burning of the books that weren’t approved by Qin ii) Executed scholars that were threatening to Qin iii) Says that all the empires are different because they must change with the changing times iv) Doesn’t like people who look towards the past (1) Confucians d) Conscript labor/Mutual Responsibility System
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