Unification of China
WHEN: 221-202 BC
WHERE: Unified China is located in what we today know as China, on the Asian Continent.
WHAT: In the third century B.C., the Qin Dynasty (chihn) replaced the Zhou Dynasty. It emerged from the western state of Qin. The ruler who founded the Qin Dynasty employed Legalist ideas to subdue the warring states and unify his country. Shi Huangdi set standards throughout China for writing, law, currency, and weights and measures.
WHO: China’s most influential scholar was Confucius, Chinese thinker named Laozi,
group of practical political thinkers called the Legalists.
WHY: Prior to the Unification of China, during the Warring States Period, China was fragmented. After the Unification of China, the country became what is today known as China. The people, events, and ideas that shaped China’s early history continue to influence China’s role in today’s world.