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The Unification of China

Tameka Davis
Dr. Aradas

Tameka Davis
World Civilization I
Dr. Aradas
11/19/14

The Unification of China The movie “Hero” opens up with a brief history saying that China was once divided into seven kingdoms that warred with each other constantly. It took only one man to conquer all the kingdoms and unite the land into what is now known as China. The opening captions introduce the theme of the movie: “People die for all sorts of reasons: for friendship, love, and an ideal…and people kill for these same reasons also.” (IMDB) Emperor Qin Shih Huang was the first Emperor of China. He unified China, and has left many legacies that have made China what it is today. Emperor Qin managed to create magnificent and enormous construction projects. He also caused cultural and intellectual growth, along with a lot of destruction within China. Although he had good intentions on unifying China, the way he went about it could have been better. Emperor Qin killed many scholars, because he thought they would “outsmart” him. At this time, many slaves were sacrificed during the construction on The Great Wall of China. During 475-221 BC, all of the states were at war with themselves. It was called “The Warring States Period.” (Hinsbergh) China was then divided into many small states and they each had their own ways of doing things. The states were fighting for power, and when a state won, they could take over another state. Within twenty-five years of his reign, Emperor Qin eliminated all the other states, and had ruling power over all of them. Emperor Qin chose the symbol of the state, according to the school of the five elements: earth, wood, metal, fire, and water. With this in place, the Qin dynasty was divided into thirty-six provinces, each having its own army commander, governor, and inspector. As the Qin Empire was now unified from the…...

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