Qin Shi Huang as a Great Reformer (Part 3)

Qin Shi Huang as a Great Reformer – His Achievements

  • Though Qin Shi Huang expected his empire to last forever, Qin Dynasty survived 15 years with two reigns only. However, Qin Shi Huang had the greatest and longest-lasting influence among all rulers in Chinese history.
  • He ordered the unification of Chinese characters, currency, weights and measures, not only benefited economic development and cultural exchanges, but have had a strong and long-lasting influence on China.
  • He was the pioneer in implying legal system in Chinese history.
  • He ordered the construction of road system which eventually played an extremely important role in ancient transportation and economic exchanges.
  • He standardized the length of the axles of carts, so every cart could run smoothly in the ruts of the new roads.
  • He ordered the building and restoration of the Great Wall of China.

Qin Shi Huang as a Tyrant Ruler – His Brutal Ruling
  • Extremely severe penal codes. For example, if one person was guilty, he would be killed along with his family, his extended family as well as his fellow classmates, villagers, teachers, friends and acquaintances.
  • Burden people with endless demands in wars, building of the Great Wall and building of his Mausoleum, Terra Cotta Army, palaces and roads.
  • Burnt almost all classic books, excluding those of medicine, divination and agriculture.
  • Ordered to bury 460 scholars alive.
  • Confiscated all weapons from the general public.
  • Forced people (especially rich people) to migrate to the newly built capital Xianyang (next to Xian).


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