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vinnie2
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brevity
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Qin Shi Huang was a hero not a villain

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Started: 10/17/2016 Category: People
Updated: 11 months ago Status: Debating Period
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vinnie2

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Some evidence to show that Qin Shi Huang was a hero is this quote, "Shi Huangdi brought 400 years of civil war to an end and was determined that the power of the feudal lords would never tear China apart again." (Ancient Quest, 1994) This shows that he was a hero and contributed greatly to the prosperity of a unified China.

Qin Shi Huang as a hero:
He introduced common language, law systems, currency and weighs and measures
He divided the country into 36 parts. Each part had 3 departments which were: The civil department, the inspection department and the military department.
He built bridges to link the capitol with the rest of the empire and to encourage trade, irrigation systems to provide reliable water soureces to farmers and to control flooding and he also built the Great Wall of China with 25 000 watch towers along the
northern border to protect against invaders.

So... was he a hero or a villain? Tell us your ideas!
Although so many believe he was a villain, I believe he was a hero! To have brought so many people (over such a large area) together, with so little technology, he was certainly a hero!
brevity

Con

Sounds interesting!

Before we begin though, I'd like to state my position as follows:
I agree that in hindsight, he did unify China and was a highly significant historical figure because of the sweeping changes he wrought to culture/geography. However, I'd argue that this isn't necessarily 'heroism' - his methods are not what we would regard as 'moral' in modern society. Rather, he instigated essentially a primitive cultural revolution as well as causing hugely unnecessary deaths for the purposes of self interest (i.e. in building his tomb).

Hence, the qualities of nobility, self-sacrifice, and greater good embodied by a hero are not those that inspired Qin Shi Huang's actions. Thus, he is more accurately classified as a 'villain'.

Looking forward to researching further into this.
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Posted by xvyz 11 months ago
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