The Fall of the Qin Dynasty
After centuries of the weakening power of the Zhou devolving into bloody turmoil, the Qin Dynasty successfully reunified China. But a mere eleven years later, the driven man who had led them to victory dies. Without Qin Shi Huangdi, the first emperor of China, the country stands on a precipice. Local styles of writing and coinage have been marked treasonous against the national government. A standardized legal code enacts strict punishments on entire families. And incredible architecture like the Great Wall of China is being constructed, but at the cost of tens of thousands of lives.
The year is 210 BCE. The fate of one of the greatest empires in the world lies in the hands of the princes, generals, royal advisors, and others in the committee. Will the Legalist philosophy that Shi Huangdi championed help his successors retain control of China, or will its oppressive practices only further stoke rebellion? Will the centralized power of the capital retain its strength or will China once again dissolve into regional provinces? Will you prevent the Fall of the Qin, or will you embrace it?
Kai Moore is a first year student at Clark University. They haven’t declared a major yet and are interested in Political Science and History. Originally from Colorado, Kai loves to read, hike, and cook in their spare time.
Chair e-mail: KaiMoore@clarku.edu