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TO understand the Great Wall of Chinas we must first learn about the three Greta dynasties that played a vital role during its construction and the planning or lack there of associated with it The Great Wall was first begun in approximately 221 B C not long after China became one unified empire as opposed to its prior loose configuration of feudal states The first Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang restored ruins of older walls and organized the construction of an additional wall portion in order to create a 3000 foot wall that could protect Chinas northern border He also ordered the destruction of all internal walls of China the ones that separated China into feudal states because he felt they served only as obstacles to the internal movements and administration Qin Shi Huang was not regarded as a benevolent ruler or one that looked out for the welfare of his people He was known as a tyrant that wanted to standardize aspects of society such as laws weights and measures He believed that people were inherently evil and that the must live by a strict set of rules Anyone who essentially wasnt tied down to a piece of land was recruited as a worker on the wall These people included peasants and enemies Most of the work done in all phases of the wall was done by forced labor Most Confucian literature was burned and conformity became a goal By 209 B C just one year after the Qin dynasty rulers death an army of peasants rose in revolt Officials failed to notify central government for fear of execution so they did not hear of the uprising until it was too late As the work on the wall progressed during the Qin dynasty workers were forced to rely upon local materials Much of it has been built from dry laid native stone but where stone was scarce engineers built the wall from
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