Han Ceramic Horse
any other period of time or group of people, Han China has had the most
influence on Chinese culture to date. So much so that to this day, the Chinese
people refer to themselves as Han Yuan or "Han People". When looking
upon the qualities of a powerful empire, Han China fulfills these requirements
with excellence. The only other empire that has influenced our life today
so much is the Romans, and the differences are not that drastic.
One of the reasons for the success of the Han people
and culture was the government's influence on the people. The government
instilled a sense of allegiance and public service
in its people, and maintained a powerful military,
as well as effective bureaucracies and diplomatic alliances. The government
built elaborate public works, and had a uniform legal code. Arts and philosophy
were patronized, and civil service
was demanded from the citizens. These influences were very important to
the success of the Han Dynasty.
The territory and population
of Han was vast and powerful, and society was maintained by sources of manpower and material. Lastly, centralized leadership and influential leaders,
as well as uniform currencies and weights, secured
triumph and achievement for the Han people and culture.
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