The Ruling of Emperor Qin


Warring states period.

475 bc - 221 bc

A brutal war broke out among 7 states when serious friction broke out between the warring states. This period ended when Qin conquered all of them in 221 BC. As the ruling of different empires changed and changed the ways that the emperors ruled was unique in each of their own way. Some being harsh, others nice, the states had disagreements on these ways. During this period the technology advanced and iron sword and weapons became very popular. The warring states period can be divided into three stages. The first stage was from 475BC to 338BC. During this time many people tried to gain their strength for their states which was the most stable stage in this period. The second stage was from 338BC to 288 BC. Fierce fighting against the seven states broke out.The wars escalated. The third stage lasted from 284BC to 221BC and during this time Qin unified 6 of the states.

The Birth of Emperor Qin

259 B.C.

The birth of Emperor Qin brought great joy to the state of Qin, but at the time of his birth he was known as Prince Zheng. According to legend a rich merchant met a prince of Qin. Later on the merchants wife got pregnant and arranged to meet with the prince in order for him to fall in love with her. She wanted the prince to mistake the merchants child for his own.And the prince believed the baby was his own.

Qin rulers take control

256 bc

Rulers of the Qin state take over the state of Zhou. This event ended the ruling of the Zhou dynasty. This small state had little geographical challenges so their state could focus on their strength. Since they were not a major competitor the Zhou were blindsided by their outstanding power, that soon overthrew the Zhou's power.

The Qin dynasty

256 bc - 206 bc

The Qin dynasty lasted for 50 years. Even though emperor Qin wasn't the emperor for all of it, it was still considered the Qin dynasty. This dynasty was formed after the Warring states period and because he united and conquered six rivaling states he was the emperor. He united the states that fought for well over 200 years. His ruling and empire can not be understated. The practices that he taught were carried past his death and into the Han dynasty.

Prince Zheng takes the throne

246 bc

At the age of 13, young Prince Zheng was sentenced to the role of the king. He was said to be one of the most ambitious kings, and was a great leader in the military. As the Kings son he was the rightful leader and had the ruling power in his blood. Many people say that Ying was very aggressive from a very young age. He was one of the youngest emperors, and he was also one of the first to unify several states of china.

Prince Zheng becomes Qin

221 bc

Prince Zheng decided to change his name at the beginning of his ruling. He changed it to Qin Shihuangdi which means first emperor of Qin. He wanted the Chinese community to be aware of his power and how he is the first person to rule china. This was a monumental change during the time. He showed off his recent and strong power through this action, not words.

The king of all of China

221 bc

At the age of 38 Prince Zheng becomes king of all of China. He didn't act as any of the past rulers, but that's what made his time unique. He believed at the time that everyone should obey and never question his power, that is how harsh his empire was. He became paranoid about assassination since most people hated him.

The Building of the Great Wall

221 bc - 211 bc

The wall of china was built to protect his empire from ruthless invaders. He forced workers to build a 10000 Li long wall( one Li is equal to 1/10 of a mile) for the protection of his city. He forced thousands of nomads and farmers to work most hours of the day trying to complete the already started great wall of china. All the Qin was doing is just connecting the sections of other cities walls and added a few of his own.

The opposition

213 bc

During the Royal banquet the fight between Qin and the scholars continued. The scholars believed that he ruled to harshly so they plotted against him. This is one of the things that made Qin so paranoid about his death. Over 460 Scholars were executed due to the fact of their hatred.

The death

210 bc

After almost 11 years he died. They say he was 600 miles away from his city looking for magic potion. No one knows the cause of his death, but it is most likely he died of poison. His body was found by a traveler and returned to his state there he would be buried in a tomb with terracotta warriors and horses to guard him in his after life.

The end

206 bc

After the death Qin's body was taken and buried in a tomb built by 70,000 men. The empire struggled through going through several different leaders and governments, but around this time a peasant farmer rose up and took control ending the Qin dynasty and beginning the Han Dynasty.