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Compare/Contrast: Empire Building Essay

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Spain and the Ming Dynasty were places on Earth in two very different locations. Yet, somehow they had been similar. The rulers had killed or expelled people that disagreed or they both just had their ways of organizing. But there seemed to be more differences. Spain had conquered the Americas and did not separate the state from the church and the Ming didn’t expand that much, and didn’t involve religion into politics. Thus, Spain had more larger goals towards imperialism, Christianity, and keeping the country in a “pure” state with only hereditary Christians, while the Ming Dynasty focused more on unity, acceptance of all religions, and keeping the court as balanced as possible.
Spanish rulers and the founder of the Ming Dynasty were similar because they killed people that they felt were wrong or didn’t agree with them. The Spanish rulers slaughtered and expelled many Jews because Jews had “Jewish blood” and the “purity of blood” laws prevented Jews from gaining any type of respect or recognition. Since Spain had very strong christian monarchies, they followed the church and did not want Judaism to spread. The first emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Taizu, killed many officials because they were suspected of doing their duties wrongfully or they were planning on killing the emperor. Since Taizu had some type of mental problem, he had a short temper, and took no time to get him mad. These rulers sometimes disagreed with the people, and therefore, took actions to protect their beliefs.

Spain was focused on imperialism, while the Ming Dynasty focused on controlling and keeping the empire together. Spain was aiming for the land on the other side of world, the Americas. While it had Christopher Columbus and other Spanish conquistadors going to the Americas conquering lands, it had increased the size of the Spanish kingdom. They wanted, and needed, new resources to help their kingdom to become the strongest. The Ming Dynasty weren’t as focused on conquering lands and gaining more power in the world. Instead it had laws and organizations to produce more...

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