The Qin Dynasty

221-206 B.C.E.

Made by Michael A. Rohde


Shin-Huang started the Qin (Ch'in) dynasty by unifying a period of warring states. The Qin were the strongest state. The military under the Qin was tremendously expanded. The first sections of the great wall was created. Shin-Huang was a very dynamic emperor. The Qin dynasty was starting to fall apart when Shin-Huang died. This was because the heirs after him weren't as capable as China needed so conditions started to drop and rebellions sprouted all around China. By 206 BCE the rebellions had broken the Qin and had destroyed the capitol.
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Shin-Huang was the first emperor of the Qin dynasty. He became this leader by unifying and bringing peace to the warring states.


The Qin set uniform measurements, weights, and writing systems. Because of these uniform systems, there were certain important items following the systems. For example, scales would be following the weight system becoming an important item. In the Qin dynasty, roads were expanded for internal trade. People in the Qin dynasty traded tea and silk for silver from the west. In the Qin dynasty, there were basic jobs such as merchant, weaver, and farmers. Some people in the Qin dynasty even wrote books.
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The Qin dynasty set an uniform writing system. This is a seal script on the standard weight prototype.

Inventions | Technology | Science & Architecture

The great wall started it's progress of being built. Roads and canal projected were expanded. Foot soldiers were invented in the Qin dynasty, because they had a surplus of metal they would create enough weapons for big armies of soldiers. Crossbows were also invented in the Qin dynasty. Crossbows from the Qin were complex so enemies could not copy them. They were hard to reload and heavy, but had more power and aim than longbows.
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This is a crossbow from the ancient Qin dynasty, hard to make but was more efficient than previous bows.

Religion | Culture | Social Life

Legalism was encouraged during the Qin dynasty. Sculpting was an important type of art in the Qin dynasty. The Terra Cotta Army was is a pit filled with unique realistic sculpted soldiers, reflecting their mass skills in sculpting. Daily life was harsh in the Qin rule because, if you disrespected the emperor you would be buried alive, killed, or sent as a laborer to build the Great Wall.
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The Terra Cotta Army was a huge sculpted army built on the belief that the soldiers would guard Shi Huang Di's tomb in the afterlife.