History UsefulNotes / QinShiHuangdi

26th Dec '17 8:22:57 AM EvangelosKamikaze
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Qin Shi Huangdi (259-210 BC) is the founder of the [[UsefulNotes/DynastiesFromShangToQing Qin Dynasty]], [[TheEmperor first Emperor]] of China, and depending on who you ask, either one of the most ruthless despots in history, or the exemplary Emperor who united the fractured, warring states and brought a standardized system of letters, measurement and language, amongst other sweeping reforms, and lay the groundwork of the millennia of stability and prosperity that brought China to the forefront of world powers. The very poster boy of AlternativeCharacterInterpretation, as it were.

He was born Ying Zheng, the son of a young concubine given as a present to the king of Qin by the scheming merchant Lü Buwei (who may have been his biological father, at least according to Han Dynasty propaganda). China was at the time in the throes of the Warring States era, when the impotent Zhou Dynasty had disintegrated into several rival kingdoms, and the state of Qin had emerged as a power to be reckoned with. He became king in 247 BC and, advised by Legalist philosopher Li Si, he turned Qin into a quasi-totalitarian military powerhouse and embarked on a campaign of conquest to reunify all of China under his rule. He annexed other kingdoms one after the other and, in 221 BC, Ying Zheng declared himself First August Emperor of the Qin Dynasty (Qin Shi Huangdi).

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Qin Shi Huangdi (259-210 BC) is the founder of the [[UsefulNotes/DynastiesFromShangToQing Qin Dynasty]], [[TheEmperor first Emperor]] of China, and depending on who you ask, either one of the most ruthless despots in history, or history whose name would become a byword for tyranny, the exemplary Emperor who united the fractured, warring states and brought a standardized system of letters, measurement and language, amongst other sweeping reforms, and lay the groundwork of the millennia of stability and prosperity that brought China to the forefront of world powers.powers, both, or anything in between. The very poster boy of AlternativeCharacterInterpretation, as it were.

He was born Ying Zheng, Zheng (嬴政), the son of a young concubine given as a present to the king of Qin by the scheming merchant Lü Buwei (who may have been his biological father, at least according to Han Dynasty propaganda). China was at the time in the throes of the Warring States era, when the impotent Zhou Dynasty had disintegrated into several rival kingdoms, and the state of Qin had emerged as a power to be reckoned with. He became king in 247 BC and, advised by Legalist philosopher Li Si, he turned Qin into a quasi-totalitarian military powerhouse and embarked on a campaign of conquest to reunify all of China under his rule. He annexed other kingdoms one after the other and, in 221 BC, Ying Zheng declared himself First August Emperor of the Qin Dynasty (Qin Shi Huangdi).



Traditionally featured in children's tales as an extreme caricature of a corrupt tyrant, it is only until recently that history has approached a fair perspective of his rule. Since then, he is now a divisive figure, ranging from TheCaligula who is DrunkOnPower and obsessed with immortal life, to the paragon of a ruler who, albeit grandiose and extravagant, nonetheless created China out of a bunch of squabbling, fractured states, and whose staggering casualty rate is but the natural result of sweeping reforms that ended up benefiting thousands of generations after at the cost of the current one.

Just a small caveat: the so-called "Confucians" that were buried alive, grisly as that act was, were actually wizards (fangshi) who were put in charge of concocting an elixir of immortality, according to some other sources. Since Confucianism and Legalism were polar opposites(the former declares that education and cultural immersion should be the way to achieve state order and prosperity, while the latter emphasizes that the law should be upheld in absolute terms for the same thing to happen) and thus political rivals, as one of Legalism's greatest champions Qin Shihuangdi was essentially subject to a massive HistoricalVillainUpgrade. Needless to say, such an endeavour was doomed from the start, but it would remain a fascination for many emperors and occultists to come. Official Chinese historiography always tended to sing the praises of the predecessor dynasty's early rulers, while then painting the later ones in the darkest colours possible. This was used to justify the incumbent dynasty's rule or ownership of the Mandate of Heaven; as the Qin was so short-lived and set a precedent, later historians would vilify its founder right away. New archeological findings (such as legal codes) show the Qin dynasty to be much more "mainstream" than the crypto-totalitarian legalistic dystopia it has been depicted as. In more recent years, Shi Huangdi has been increasingly depicted as the founding father of China who forged an orderly unified state out of chaos through force and foresight by the official state propaganda in both the KMT state of the Republic of China and the CCP-ruled People's Republic.

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Traditionally featured in children's tales as an extreme caricature of a corrupt tyrant, it is only until recently that history has approached a fair perspective of his rule. Since then, he is now a divisive figure, ranging from TheCaligula who is DrunkOnPower and obsessed with immortal life, to the paragon of a ruler who, albeit although grandiose and extravagant, nonetheless created the concept of China out of a bunch of squabbling, fractured states, and whose staggering casualty rate is but the natural result of sweeping reforms that ended up benefiting thousands of generations after at the cost of the current one.

Just a small caveat: the so-called "Confucians" that were buried alive, grisly as that act was, were actually wizards (fangshi) (fangshi; 方士) who were put in charge of concocting an elixir of immortality, according to some other sources. Since Confucianism and Legalism were polar opposites(the former declares that education and cultural immersion should be the way to achieve state order and prosperity, while the latter emphasizes that the law should be upheld in absolute terms for the same thing to happen) and thus political rivals, as one of Legalism's greatest champions Qin Shihuangdi was essentially subject to a massive HistoricalVillainUpgrade. Needless to say, such an endeavour was doomed from the start, but it would remain a fascination for many emperors and occultists to come. Official Chinese historiography always tended to sing the praises of the predecessor dynasty's early rulers, while then painting the later ones in the darkest colours possible. This was used to justify the incumbent dynasty's rule or ownership of the Mandate of Heaven; as the Qin was so short-lived and set a precedent, later historians would vilify its founder right away. New archeological findings (such as legal codes) show the Qin dynasty to be much more "mainstream" than the crypto-totalitarian legalistic dystopia it has been depicted as. In more recent years, Shi Huangdi has been increasingly depicted as the founding father of China who forged an orderly unified state out of chaos through force and foresight by the official state propaganda in both the KMT state of the Republic of China and the CCP-ruled People's Republic.
26th Dec '17 8:20:11 AM EvangelosKamikaze
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29th Nov '17 8:30:35 PM IdumeanPatriot
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has an {{Expy}} of the First Emperor in Chin the Conqueror, a warrior prince who unites almost the entire [[FarEast Earth Kingdom]] under his rule, and whose depiction strongly resembles the traditional portraits of Shi Huangdi.

10th Aug '17 10:52:48 AM longWriter
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* ''WesternAnimation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'': One episode had Carmen creating an ultimate chess set by stealing a lot of statues and even four castle turrets for the rooks. She stole sixteen clay soldier statues from Qin Shi Haungdi's tomb for the pawns.
15th Jul '17 1:47:04 AM RedScharlach
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Qin Shi Huangdi (259-210 BC) is the founder of the [[UsefulNotes/DynastiesFromShangToQing Qin Dynasty]], [[TheEmperor first Emperor]] of China, and depending on who you ask, either one of the most ruthless despots in history, or the exemplary Emperor who united the fractured, warring states and brought a standardized system of letters, measurement and language, amongst other sweeping reforms, and lay the groundwork of the millenia of stability and prosperity that brought China to the forefront of world powers. The very poster boy of AlternativeCharacterInterpretation, as it were.

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Qin Shi Huangdi (259-210 BC) is the founder of the [[UsefulNotes/DynastiesFromShangToQing Qin Dynasty]], [[TheEmperor first Emperor]] of China, and depending on who you ask, either one of the most ruthless despots in history, or the exemplary Emperor who united the fractured, warring states and brought a standardized system of letters, measurement and language, amongst other sweeping reforms, and lay the groundwork of the millenia millennia of stability and prosperity that brought China to the forefront of world powers. The very poster boy of AlternativeCharacterInterpretation, as it were.



Traditionally told in children's tales as an extreme caricature of a corrupt tyrant, it is only until recently that history has approached a fair perspective of his rule. Since then, he is now a divisive figure, ranging from TheCaligula who is DrunkOnPower and obsessed with immortal life, to the paragon of a ruler who, albeit grandiose and extravagant, nonetheless created China out of a bunch of squabbling, fractured states, and whose staggering casualty rate is but the natural result of sweeping reforms that ended up benefiting thousands of generations after at the cost of the current one.

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Traditionally told featured in children's tales as an extreme caricature of a corrupt tyrant, it is only until recently that history has approached a fair perspective of his rule. Since then, he is now a divisive figure, ranging from TheCaligula who is DrunkOnPower and obsessed with immortal life, to the paragon of a ruler who, albeit grandiose and extravagant, nonetheless created China out of a bunch of squabbling, fractured states, and whose staggering casualty rate is but the natural result of sweeping reforms that ended up benefiting thousands of generations after at the cost of the current one.
7th Jan '17 4:52:24 PM Nazmazh
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** Returns as the Chinese leader in the sixth installment. Here, he aggressively builds wonders and hates anyone else that builds wonders, especially ones he was working on. He can use builder charges to build 15% of an early-game wonder, and all of his workers get an extra build charge. The Great Wall is no longer a world wonder, and is now a unique Chinese tile improvement that acts similarly to a fort, and extra gold for adjacent wall segments.
25th Dec '16 11:24:52 AM jameygamer
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* While Qin Shi Huang does not physically appear in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', his "legendary lost treasure" is at some point prior to the series obtained by BigBad and Fire Demon Sorcerer Shendu, and it's the reward Shendu promises the Dark Hand in return for retrieving the Talismans needed to resurrect him. He denies them the treasure, however, and their attempt to subsequently steal it leads Jackie Chan's niece to Shendu's palace and allows her to interrupt Shendu's victory over Jackie and immediately defeat him, destroying the treasure in the process.

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16th Dec '16 5:08:37 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' is set in a vaguely Chinese-flavored fantasy world, so the literal First Emperor does not show up, but the villainous [[GodEmperor Emperor Sun]] is obviously inspired by his story.
23rd Oct '16 7:11:49 AM Morgenthaler
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He was born Ying Zheng, the son of a young concubine given as a present to the king of Qin by the scheming merchant Lü Buwei (who may have been his biological father, at least according to Han Dynasty propaganda). China was at the time in the throes of the Warring States era, when the impotent Zhou Dynasty had disintegrated into several rival kingdoms, and the state of Qin had emerged as a power to be reckoned with. He became king in 247 BC and, advised by Legalist philosopher Li Si, he turned Qin into a quasi-totalitarian military powerhouse and embarked on a campaign of conquest to reunify all of China under his rule. He annexed other kingdoms one after the other and, in 221 BC, Ying Zheng declared himself First August Emperor of the Qin Dynasty (Qin Shi Huangdi).

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He was born Ying Zheng, the son of a young concubine given as a present to the king of Qin by the scheming merchant Lü Buwei (who may have been his biological father, at least according to Han Dynasty propaganda). China was at the time in the throes of the Warring States era, when the impotent Zhou Dynasty had disintegrated into several rival kingdoms, and the state of Qin had emerged as a power to be reckoned with. He became king in 247 BC and, advised by Legalist philosopher Li Si, he turned Qin into a quasi-totalitarian military powerhouse and embarked on a campaign of conquest to reunify all of China under his rule. He annexed other kingdoms one after the other and, in 221 BC, Ying Zheng declared himself First August Emperor of the Qin Dynasty (Qin Shi Huangdi).



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22nd Oct '16 5:45:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* One of the two possible leaders of the Chinese in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV'' (alongside MaoZedong). Amusingly for a leader famous for conquering, he's actually rather easier to get along with than Mao (although truth be told, both Chinese leaders are fairly easygoing) and is no more likely to attack you than the average leader.

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* One of the two possible leaders of the Chinese in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV'' (alongside MaoZedong).UsefulNotes/MaoZedong). Amusingly for a leader famous for conquering, he's actually rather easier to get along with than Mao (although truth be told, both Chinese leaders are fairly easygoing) and is no more likely to attack you than the average leader.
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