DID SHI HUANGDI DO WHAT WAS NECESSARY TO MAKE CHINA STRONG?
Oxford Big Ideas (Text book): pages 282 – 283
Pearson History S.B.: pages 260-263
PowerPoint slides on Shi Huangdi
1. Using the references above and any other reference, fill in the table below, presenting the positive and negative aspects of his rule
POSITIVE ASPECTS OF HIS RULE | NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF HIS RULE |
* He introduced a number of reforms to increase his imperial authority and govern the empire more easily. * He chose to appoint independent governors to help avoid the collapse the empire * Shi Huangdi abolished the practice of the primogeniture in which the eldest son had to inherit all of their land. * Nobles were forced to divide the land among their heirs, this meant Shi took down the nobles to make sure his spot as emperor was safe and secure * He standardised the number of written characters to make one written language that everybody in the empire could understand * He introduced a single currency * He also introduced a uniform tax system * He introduced a new legal system called the Code of Qin * He ordered the small walls to be joint together to make one big wall called the Great Wall * He established an empire and bought peace to china * He rewarded people if they had come and told him about a crime * Did much to unify organise and protect the empire * Built grand buildings and palaces * Built a network or canals to connect the provinces * Ordered the carts to be built the same. | * Land was taxed and the tax was paid * He forced the nobles to divide their lands * The laws of the Code of Qin were harsh * Anyone who criticised the emperor were severely punished with either hard labour, mutilation or execution. * Shi Huangdi order all books that were critical of his government or that were not about useful subjects such as medicine and agriculture to be burnt. * He buried alive in the same...