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Unified China221 BCE-220 CE

Qin Dynasty

Han Dynasty

Yangzi (Chang Jiang)

Yellow (Huang He)

The first ruler to unite China, Qin Shihuangdi, was a punitive Legalist and absolute ruler, but many of his innovations were beneficial

The Qin

221-207 BCE

  • National Written Language
  • Roads & Canals
  • Standardized Weights, measures, and currency

He began building the Great Wall but his most famous achievement is the Terracotta Army near his great underground tomb.

The defensive walls of the Qin Dynasty were precursors to China's Great Wall, which was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE)

The Han Dynasty, was still Legalist, but less oppressive, and the emperor Han Wudi supported Confucianism, requiring his officials to have a Confucian education. China began exporting along the Silk Roads

Han Dynasty

206 BCE - 220 CE

  • Silk
  • Iron
  • Lacquerware