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Qin and Han Dynasties
Qin (Ch’in) Dynasty 221BC-206BC
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United China under Shi Huangdi
Strong central government
Legalist government
Nobles made to live in capital
Standardized writing, language, measurements
Highways, irrigation projects
Great Wall
High taxes, forced peasants to work
Executed over 400 opponents
Han Dynasty 202BC-220AD
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Liu Bang overthrew Shi Huangdi’s son
Strong central govt
Reduced taxes, less harsh punishments
Bureaucracy (gov’t offices)
Testing using Confucianism
Used war to expand empire
Roman Empire