Did Emperor Shi Huangdi Improve China?
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Supporting Question 1- How did Shi Huangdi unify China politically?
Supporting Question 2 How did Shi Huangdi’s reforms standardize society?
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Supporting Question 3- To what extent did Shi Huangdi’s treatment of opponents diminish his success?
  • Li Si (recorded by Sima Qian), historical account of the harsh treatment of the emperor’s opposition, “Memorial of the Burning of the Books,” 213 BCE From “Memorial of the Burning of the Books,” by Li Si (recorded by Sima Qian), in Sources of Chinese Tradition: From Earliest Times to 1600, compiled by William Theodore de Bary, Irene Bloom, and Joseph Adler. © 1999. Columbia University Press. Reprinted with permission of the publisher.