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One of the most historic Chinese dynasties is that of the ChinThe Chin is known as the great evil dynasty They were imperial autocratic and frequently cruel but they were also illustrious political thinkers and reformers who historically brought about one of the most dynamic periods of Chinese government However the dynasty only lasted a little more then a decade When the Chou began to weaken around 500 BC these independent states began to war among themselves over territory and influence The Chinese refer to this time as The Warring States period Which did not end until the all of north China was unified under a single empire the Chin dyansty The Chin dominated China from 221 BC to the time of their fall fifteen years later in 206 BC Their accomplishments were so astounding that the name China is derived from the Chin The traditional start of the Chin dynasty to 256 BC although the unification of China did not occur until 221 BC By 256 BC the Chin had become the most powerful state in China and in 246 BC the kingdom fell to a thirteen year old boy Cheng He surrounded himself with brilliant Legalist advisors His most powerful and trusted advisor was Li Ssu one of the founders of Legalism Under their advice in 232 BC when King Cheng was twenty-seven he began a vigorous campaign to unify and centralize all the northern kingdoms The surrounding kingdoms were no match for the wealth and military power of the Chin and by 221 BC Cheng conquered all of the northern kingdoms King Cheng assumed the title Chin shih-huang-ti or The First Exalted Emperor of the Chin Under guidance and the advice of Li Ssu Chin shih-huang-ti created a form of government which served as a model for all of the future Chinese dynasties First the government was centralized around the emperor and his ministers In order to promote the centralization the
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