The Fall Of The Qin Dynasty Essay

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There are many different accounts on the fall of the Qin dynasty. The different accounts are either secondary or primary sources. Some are reliable and others not so trustworthy. There are many aspects that make it easier to decipher which sources are not realistic and which really tell the story of the Qin dynasty. Three documents were given to piece together the fall of the Qin dynasty. However, it’s unknown if they are reliable or unreliable. The three sources are document A,“World History:The Human Experience” By Farah and Karls, document B,“The Faults of Qin” By Jia Yi, and document C, ‘A Refutation of Some Confucian Fallacies Confucian Fallacies Concerning the Causes of the Downfall of the Ch’in Dynasty” By T’an Hsiao-Wen. Document …show more content…
This is a Confucian essay written by Jia Yi, a confucian poet and statesman of the Han dynasty. The essay’s purpose was to explain to readers that the fall of the Qin dynasty was because of Chen She, who was the leader at the time of the fall. In the essay Jia Yi explains that Chen She is untalented and that he lacked humanness as well as rightness. These are qualities that he felt good leaders should have. Overall Yi felt that the fall of the Qin dynasty occurred because of Chen she’ lack of good leadership. Although, he is a statesman of the Han dynasty, making him most likely intelligent when it comes to leadership and government, it still doesn't give him the right to point fingers. This article is tremendously unreliable because it is exceedingly …show more content…
Document C is a newspaper article written in china during the Cultural Revolution. This was a time of severe government censorship. People who criticized the government faced brutal consequences. The chunk in the article that brings people’s attention would have to be the fact that the article acknowledged the fallacy fabricated ideas the confucian scholars made up about the fall of the Qin dynasty. Instead of pointing fingers like the confucian Essay, the article pointed their fingers to the legalist line. The newspaper also touched up on the point that Huang was actually a good leader which is a fact that not a lot of people believed because the news around. However, it also talked about Huang’s flaws which were that he didn’t strike at the opposition hard enough and he did not suppress them thoroughly either. This lead to many mishaps like the move of 120,000 influential and wealthy families from all parts of the country to Xiangyang,which is extremely far from their old homes. As anyone can suspect this most likely led to a lot of separation within the dynasty. Just like document A this document is reliable. There is no sign of a bias opinion and there is just facts that support the fall of the Qin dynasty. Overall it is important to analyse sources whether it be a textbook, confucian essay, or a newspaper article. Although a source of any sort may seem credible and trustworthy of good information, it’s not always the

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