Qin Shi Huangdi, The Qin Dynasty Essay

1590 Words Dec 10th, 2016 7 Pages
Qin Shi Huangdi, the first Qin emperor, envisioned a central bureaucratic structure headed by royalty to rule China under his name. Though it came at the severe cost of public sentiment, Qin was an extremely proactive emperor who implemented much of what he had envisioned before. It’s agreed upon that the Qin Dynasty laid the foundation for the massive cultural and economic development of China that took place during the Han Dynasty. Although the Qin Dynasty is easily considered among the most influential time periods in Chinese history, it actually failed to achieve many of its ideological goals. In fact, socioeconomic disparity was not eliminated and despite the ideal of enriching the lives of the common people, it was under Qin rule in which public resentment of the authoritarian government was at its peak as there were countless peasant revolts against the bureaucratic rule of China. Within the bureaucracy itself, the emperor alone wielded substantial political clout. Although the Communist regime in post World War II China is widely recognized as a nation that had a discrepancy between ideology and state, the Qin Dynasty is seldom considered to have a similar outcome. The failure of the flawless egalitarian state in socio-economic facets of living standards and equitability as well as political aspects during the Qin Dynasty mirrors the developments of early Communist China.
Among the key aspects of the Qin unification was the act of completely clearing all local…

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