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									Imperial China
Who was Shi Huangdi?
    Who was Shi Huangdi?
• “First Emperor”
     Who was Shi Huangdi?
• “First Emperor”
• Unified China Through Fear, Brutality
  and Oppression (a winning combination)
What Is Legalism?
       What Is Legalism?
• The nature of man is evil.
       What Is Legalism?
• The nature of man is evil.
• The only way to achieve order is strict
  laws and harsh punishments.
Why Did Qin Collapse?
    Why Did Qin Collapse?
• Because the Qin harsh controls were
  hated.
    Why Did Qin Collapse?
• Because the Qin harsh controls were
  hated.
• After the death of Shi Huangdi, his
  successors were not strong enough to
  maintain control.
How did the Han Dynasty
   strengthen China?
       How did the Han Dynasty
          strengthen China?

•   Relaxed the harsh controls of the Qin.
•   Appointed wise Confucian advisors.
•   Improved internal infrastructure.
•   Improved government finances.
How did the overthrow of the Han
   reflect the dynastic cycle?
 How did the overthrow of the Han
    reflect the dynastic cycle?

• The Han lost control of the local rulers and
  the infrastructure decayed.
 How did the overthrow of the Han
    reflect the dynastic cycle?

• The Han lost control of the local rulers and
  the infrastructure decayed.
• Rebellions sprang up, showing that the Han
  had lost the Mandate Of Heaven.
What were the achievements of the
      Han Golden Age?
What were the achievements of the
      Han Golden Age?

• Wang Chong’s scientific method: accept
  theories only when supported by proof.
• Finest technology and engineering in the
  world.
• Extraordinary art and literature.
Why did Buddhism appeal to many
        people in China?
Why did Buddhism appeal to many
        people in China?

• Because if offered a hope of personal
  salvation that Confucianism and Daoism
  did not.
• Because Buddhism was adaptable,
  absorbing many Chinese traditions, such as
  filial piety.

								
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