Emperor Shi Huangdi Research Paper

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TITLE A good leader is someone who is respected his followers and respects them; someone who cares for the people in his nation; someone who does what is best for everyone in his country; Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi was not any of these things. Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi's quest for power led to a single-minded nation built through fear. He created dictatorial laws, destroyed hundreds different cultures, and took advantage of his status to look for more power. Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi's harsh rules and regulations made the people of China fear him, rather than respect him. Emperor Qin created strict laws with severe punishments. Chinese Dynasties referred that “People who reported crimes were rewarded, and people who broke the law were sentenced to harsh…show more content…
This in fact was true, even though his advisors behaved toward Emperor Qin with courtesy; he treated none of his subjects with respect. Consequently, “Toward the end of the Qin Dynasty, revolts broke out all over China as the people grew increasingly unhappy under the burden of state taxation and oppression” (Chinese Dynasties, 91). This showed that Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi's style of leadership could only prosper for so long. All in all, Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi created a country solely built on the fear of its citizens.
 Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi’s reign led to the loss of many local traditions and beliefs. During his leadership, Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi burned hundreds of books and buried more than 460 scholars alive in fear that their ideas would threaten his power. Chinese Dynasties expressed that “When scholars used records of the past to criticize the Qin government, the emperor ordered that all writings other than ‘useful’ manuals on topics such as agriculture and medicine be burned” (91). This act alone destroyed a multitude of information on historical beliefs and philosophies that could

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