The Rise Of Power And Power

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Throughout history many empires have risen and fallen, in both the ancient and new worlds. This has caused philosophers and historians to ask why? Why do empires rise to great power, only to fall later? Judging from historical evidence, ancient empires maintained dominance according to the uses of political power and enforcement. If that power was neglected or misused, the kingdoms almost inevitably fell. The Qin Empire, known for its belief in Legalism, was one of many empires that did not last very long. Existing for about 15 years, the emperor used Legalistic policies to enforce ideas that humans were stupid and problems—solutions, therefore, could only be found through discipline and punishment. Such harsh practices, no doubt, served as a trial to the people and severely hindered the Empire’s ability to function properly. In order to function, empires must, to one extent or another, have the consent of the people. Failing to do so could likely result in revolts such as that of the Yellow Turbans, which occurred years later during the Han dynasty. The Qin Empire only stood briefly due to its lack of stable political policies to satisfy the needs of the people. The Mauryan Empire, which lasted about 130 years, tried implementing a different kind of political force—one that better satisfied the people. The leader, Ashoka, used modern religious teachings to support his people, which seemed to work much more effectively than Legalism would during the Qin Empire. Another…

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