1st Ranking: Arts
The Qin Dynasty's most lasting contribution was for it's Arts. The Great Wall of China contributed to this legacy greatly.
The Qin Dynasty's most lasting contribution was for it's Arts. The Great Wall of China contributed to this legacy greatly. As you can see, the Great Wall of China was very long and wide. Just by taking a quick look at it, it looks gigantic. The Great Wall of China was mostly built to keep barbarians out and have a layer of protection for China. It is said that it helped many people to stay safer compared to if it wasn't there. According to the documentary "Engineering an Empire: China" it states 6 million men had worked on the Wall (Engineering an Empire: China, 2013). It then goes on to say that many people died while making the Wall as they were put in harsh conditions and had no food for days (Engineering an Empire: China, 2013). This shows that making the Wall was taken seriously and took many lives in return for something that would have China remembered most by, architecture.
2nd Ranking: Political
The Qin Dynasty's second most lasting contribution was for politics because Qin Shi HuangDi was such a strong and powerful leader. He expanded territory and had forced labor on the Great Wall of China.
Shi HuangDi was such an autocratic leader which was the better for China. He helped make it better and better with being strict where he needed to be. He created the first empire and destroyed all feudalism by taking away any land from aristocrats. This helped for the rest of China to feel like equals to each other. In the article Labor Force of Great Wall it states, "According to historical data, the labor force was made up of three groups: soldiers, common people and criminals" (travelchinaguide). This shows that many people were forced by Hunagdi to put labor into the Great Wall. It then goes on to say, "It's a big burden for ordinary people to build the Great Wall. Sometimes, all the men in the nation were forced to construct (travelchinaguide). This asserts that mostly men were forced to do so which says that women were treated somewhat with respect.
3rd Ranking: Social Structure
All nobles had lost power due to HuangDi commanding control for himself only and everyone was thought to be no more valuable than HuangDi.
While the Qin Dynasty was in act, no one was an equal to HuangDi. HuangDi wanted himself to be the person who stood out to all instead of it being someone else. In class, we viewed a presentation that discusses what HuangDi did and what he was known for. It stated HuangDi had wanted control over all noblemen so that no one could top him or take his control (Ms. Vanduinen, 2016). This shows that HuangDi had strict limitations on who was at the top of the social structure and had it made clear.
4th Ranking: Intellectual
Going along with the Great Wall, things such as roads, weights and measures were advanced.
Although most men that were living in China worked on the Great Wall non-stop, they also had time to advance roads. In the article The Impact of the Qin Dynasty, it states, "The construction of roads allowed for greater connections between provinces and major cities. The dynasty also standardized the length of axles in carts so that they could all ride on the newly-built roads" (The Impact of the Qin Dynasty). This contends that the roads that were built helped people travel to their destination more easily and quickly.
5th Ranking: Economics
Peasants were forced to pay high taxes and coined money was made.
Coined money was a huge advancement in the economic system for China. On the website, coinweekly it states, "The archaeological finds, however, tell us that the first of these coins had been produced as early as the Warring States Period (453-221 B. C.)" (coinweekly). This shows that these coin date back to when the Qin dynasty was in act. It then goes on to say, "Their shape derives from the ring-shaped jade discs that served as ritual presents during the time of the Zhou Dynasty (1027-256 B. C.)" (coinweekly). This states that the coin has generations of history on it. The coin is still apart of Chinese currency today.
6th Ranking: Reiligion
Confucianism was banned and harsh laws were practiced.
Confucianism was based on everyday conflicts. Shi HuangDi banned Confucianism because he believed China needed a new start and Confusianism was too old to still go on. He states. "'I suggest that the official histories, with the exception of the Memoirs of Qin, be all burnt, and that those who attempt to hide [other works] be forced to bring them to the authorities to be burnt'" (HuangDi). This shows that HuangDi had ordered to demolish Confucianism for a new start for all of China. This was the least of my rankings as it was not something HuangDi really thought to be important. He believed that China deserves a new start but this was not brought up too often with him.