Essay about The Impact of the Great Wall of China

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How did the Great Wall of China impact the Chinese, and the rest of the world? “The Long Fortress,” also known as the Great Wall of China, has a very interesting background. In building the Great Wall of China, China had to undergo many new and different changes.
Although the overall structure of the Great Wall was built over 2,500 years ago, it is still being maintained and enhanced to provide its story to the world. As Stephen McDonell states,“It took more time to build, more people to build, consumed more building material than anything else in human history and it will never be surpassed in terms of scale,”everyone knows the Great Wall of China is the most complex thing built in history and still up today. The Great Wall of China
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As time went on, and more advanced construction techniques and materials were discovered; the wall got improved year after year with the new improvements. Although the Great Wall of China was one of the biggest accomplishments made throughout history, it also earns a name of, “The Long Graveyard.” It takes this name because nine-tenths of the people that worked on this project died while building it.
Although many different dynasties helped throughout the Great Walls construction, the Qin Dynasty is the one that started it all. Qin Shihuangdi, the emperor of the Qin Dynasty, was described by Jacqueline Morley as an “all-seeing eyes, the nose of a hornet, the voice of a jackal, and the heart of a wolf.” Shihuangdi ruled his dynasty for approximately 15 years from 221 BC through 206 BC, throughout those long 15 years Shihuangdi changed many laws and duties. He changed China’s currency, writing style, weights, measures, and distance. Shihuangdi changed all these things because he thought there was room for improvement. Other than just changing the way people had to to communicate with other countries, he also changed old duties into new laws that had to be followed unless his advisors wanted to live in prison for the rest of their lives. One of the new laws was family loyalty is the most important thing in life. Most people felt that the new changes were unfair, but only a few of them dared to say it openly to their emperor,

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