As the title of the book “The Early Chinese Empires Qin and Hand”, the book basically talks about the early time in China when the Great Wall was built, the time when Three Kingdoms occurred, and the first unification of China in history. For these reasons, the book categorizes into History.
The Qin and Han dynasties unify China and establish a centralized empire, which continually uses and develops through 20th century. The imperial structure draws on elements of both Legalist and Confucian thought. The Chinese empire is founded when the state of Qin unites the other six Chinese states, Han(the state), Wei, Zhu, Qi, Yan, Ji, in 211 B.C. and establishes a centralized system of government. The Han dynasty (202 BCE-220 CE) follows the short-lived Qin and rules China for about 300 years. The Han greatly expands the Chinese empire. The Han dynasty retains the centralized bureaucracy and unified political system of the Qin but adopts and grafts upon this the Confucian view that government should be run by educated, ethical men. Mark Edward Lewis’s research deals with many aspects of Chinese civilization in the late pre-imperial, early imperial and middle periods (contemporary with the centuries in the West from classical Greece through the early Middle Ages), and with the problem of empire as a political and social form. Lewis is currently writing a monograph on the emotions in early China. It will examine how emotions, such as anger, love, joy, and sorrow, were defined and how they were incorporated into all aspects of society. Topics examined will include the emotional foundations of political authority; emotions in medical practice and ideas about the body; emotions as constitutive of human relations; emotions as the origin of ritual, poetry, and music; and the role of emotions in military action.
In order to comprehend this book better, the understanding of how the unification benefits Chinese people becomes the most important thing. For example, the...
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