ChangMMW2OutlineLectureNine2011 (1)

ChangMMW2OutlineLectureNine2011 (1) - Week Five Outline...

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Week Five Outline Lecture Nine—Qin Unification and Legalism Key Names, Dates, and Terms: 221 B.C.E.—Qin Unification of China Qin Shi Huangdi (Shi Huang Ti)—“First Emperor of the Qin” Xianyang—near modern day Xi’an Xiongnu—Non-Chinese nomadic tribes from north Li Si—Legalist minister Han Feizhi—Legalist philosopher Sima Qian (Ssu-ma Ch’ien)—“The Grand Historian” I) The Momentum Towards Unification a) Final Phase in the Formation of a “Distinctly” Chinese Identity—Political Integration i) Cultural cohesiveness paving way for political unity ii) Practical need for political unity? (1) Threat of the Xiongnu (2) Warring states (3) Need for a centralized bureaucracy b) Why the state of Qin? i) Logistical Advantages of the Qin (1) Strategic Geographical location (2) Simple Agricultural Economy (3) Legalist State ii) The personal ambition of Ying Cheng (Qin Shi Huangdi) (1) Personal background (2) Title of “Emperor” or Huang Di II) The Qin Record a) Short-lived but lasting legacy (221-206)
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