Chinese Art During the Early Empire Essay

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Chinese Art During the Early Empire

In this essay, I will look at the outpouring of thought, art and literature during the early empire. More so though, I will focus on what factors led to this renewed focus on culture in the early empire. It would seem that there were several factor which would lead to this renewed interest in culture in early China, but the most significant of these factors would be the re-establishment of a strong central government. This re-establishment of a strong central government laid the foundation for cultural growth. It brought with it prosperity to China, through improved infrastructure, such as the canals and graineries. As a result of these improvements, China flourished both economically,
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The Han lessened the severity of punishments established by the Ch'in, but they did grant heridity to certain powerful allies in the east to help centralize china as the Ch'in had. The country flourished, and taxes were cut and graniers were once again overflowing so as to hedge against famines which can frequent China. There was an out pouring of culture and the country did well and the government had massive cash reserves. One of the greatest emperors in chinese history was a Han named Wu-ti, he was young assertive and made China proper greatly. Wu-ti cut back on the lords and merchants powers, and made reforms. He was aggressive in his foreign policy and this was to build power for the eminant show down with the Hsiung-nu nomads of the north and west boarders. He conqured vast areas of Asia and set up a tributary system where the local rules remained in power under him, while providing gifts to the emperor. Under Wu-ti China saw a great cultural flowering and produced China's greatest historian Ssu-man Ch'ien the most estemmed Han poet Ssu-ma Hsiang-ju and the most infulential Han philosopher Tung Chung-shu. Confucian ideals were re-adopted , schools were formed for teaching of Confucian ways, and it was the beginning of the civil service exams. With the end of Wu-ti, the dynasty began to decline and he was succeded by a number of inferior Han rulers, who were often seen as crule. It would seem that
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