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His280 oct 6th 11 : qin dynasty and it s consequences. Next 2 weeks covering qin and han, which occupied position of roughly analogous of ancient greece and ancient rome in europe and the middle east etc. These 2 dynasties are the ones with 5 key features of overall structure of chinese society and state is put in place. 5 key fundamental changes which effects ripple over chinese history. They are: transcendence of regional cultures by the imperial level of state/organization. Formation of an empire. (having been states for a while, had more or less developed independent culture. When the qin and han dynasty came along, there is a general over arching culture: the development of the political system structured around the emperor and his ministers. Very much more in theory than in practice. The narrowing of the possibilities of what is possible to think or say about the state. Following this was the: development of a universal script.

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