Powerful Military and Effective Bureaucracies
Emperor Wu Di was the main reason for the powerful
military and effective bureaucracy in Han China. He was responsible for the
expansion of the Han empire into Vietnam and up into Korea. Every male peasant
had to join the military at the age of twenty. They were required for service
untill they were fifty nine. They were also required to train one month out
of the year, not during the harvest, to learn how to be a better soldier.
Since every male in the country was serving in the military, the Han empire
had a powerful and well manned military. This made them a powerful military
The Han Dynasty also had a very effective bureaucracy
because of Wu Di and Confucianism. The Han government established a civil
service exam to assign qualified personel government positions. This is very
different from the way other dynasties used to pick government officials.
Earlier governments just assigned friends of the emperor to different positions.
Now that qualified officials were in office the government ran much smoother
and with less conflict withing the government.
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