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Burning books and burying scholars: on the policies of the short-lived Qin Dynasty in ancient China (221-207 BC)

Fang, Xiangshu 2015, Burning books and burying scholars: on the policies of the short-lived Qin Dynasty in ancient China (221-207 BC), International journal of liberal arts and social science, vol. 3, no. 7, pp. 54-61.

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Title Burning books and burying scholars: on the policies of the short-lived Qin Dynasty in ancient China (221-207 BC)
Author(s) Fang, Xiangshu
Journal name International journal of liberal arts and social science
Volume number 3
Issue number 7
Start page 54
End page 61
Total pages 8
Publisher Centre for Enhancing Knowledge
Place of publication Birmingham, Eng.
Publication date 2015-09
ISSN 2307-924X
Keyword(s) Chinese history
Summary In 221 BC, the battle-hardened warriors of the Qin state, the western frontier state and the most aggressive of the Warring States, subjugated the last of its rival states, thus establishing the Qin dynasty, with itscapital in Xianyang, near the modern Xi’an. The Qin dynasty is customarily regarded by Chinese and Western scholars as the beginning of a new age – the Chinese empire – that lasted until 1911 AD. The dynasty lasted only fifteen years. This study examines the main policies of the Qin dynasty and seeks to address the question what brought the quick downfall of the Qin rule. This paper takes the cultural and political contexts carefully into consideration, and argues that the Qin annexation of its rival states might be better understood as an end of an old era as much as a beginning of a new epoch.
Language eng
Field of Research 210302 Asian History
Socio Economic Objective 950502 Understanding Asia's Past
HERDC Research category CN Other journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, The Author
Free to Read? Yes
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079943

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