The Qin Empire

221-207 B.C.E.

The very first Chinese Empire


Totalitarism, especially from the leaders Shi Huangdi and Li Si. They were more concerned with the interests of the state rather than people. They used early Legalist thinking to keep the people in order.

Interaction with the Environment

Yangzi River Valley was a big resource for irrigation and agriculture.


The people had to pay lots of money to the Empire in order to build walls, roads, and canals. Sometimes they money that had to give was all they had, so they had to also contribute labor. The financial burden turned into an oppression.


The Empire wanted to wipe-out all opposing leaders in the area. The different states fought over power and caused lots of small civil wars. Qin defeated many other leaders such as Han, in order to expand the land. One by one different lands were taken over.


The people were separated because of politicians' need for power. This was shown in the different music styles practices across the empire. Different scales and instruments were used.


Due to the extreme governmental control, there was a lot of poverty. Different states tried to emphasize there independence by different music and other means. People were unhappy and bothered by the strict government.


The Qin built many walls, roads, and canals in order to move around the military, and to defend against outside forces. The Great Wall was beginning to be built. The Qin had advanced irrigation methods.


Only boys in the upperclass could learn to read or write. Only a very small amount of people were literate.


The Emperors mixed Confucianism with Legalism. The biggest "religion" was the worship of ancestors and the strong importance held to family. Most other religions were wiped out.

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