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The Age Of Foundation: The Han Dynasty

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The Age of Foundation: The Han Dynasty

The Chinese Empire is a land of innovation, mystery, culture, and art. From mysterious trade partners to military expansionists, the Chinese people have faced a constant evolution of change over their vast history. China’s innovative and advanced mindset has made the West wonder in awe for centuries, and it is difficult to realize that, unlike the West, the East has been the center of technological and industrial advancements for centuries until their eventual decline. Due to China’s vibrant and long past, many have debated which time period was China’s strongest age, and it is difficult to answer this question without clear and precise evidence. ...view middle of the document...

Not only did the Han Dynasty maintain Education and Administration, but also were distinctive by their connection to the West by exploration and trade. Thanks to Han officials such as Zhang Qian, China was able to open Chinese markets as far as Central Asia, maintaining a trading relationship with civilizations as far as Rome. China was able to trade goods such as bamboo, rice, and silk to numerous people across Central Asia and the west. In return for these goods, the Han Dynasty received luxuries such as ivory, glass, gems, and even exotic foods, improving commerce and benefiting the Chinese economy. These trading relationships also lead to architectural innovations such as canals and trading routes leading out of China, one of the most famous roads is known as the Silk Road, which was a large trading route that led to the connection of Civilizations as far as the Roman Empire. Zhang Qian also described countries that the Han Dynasty was completely oblivious to, and also heard stories of even larger and greater lands farther west, even though these explorers did not make it to these mysterious lands. These early Han explorations and trading relationships helped the Han Dynasty connect to the outside world, and kept a somewhat healthy relationship with foreigners. A trait that is quite rare in dynasties such as the Ming and Qing.

Lastly, the Han Dynasty has been able to amaze historians with Administration and Commerce, but they are certainly not the only traits standing out. The Han Dynasty was extremely innovative, making technological achievements that were not even seen in the West for hundreds of years later. Due to the large amount of random earthquakes and natural disasters across China, innovative scholars and scientists were able to invent one of the first seismographs. This seismograph was able to tell Han Officials when an earthquake was happening from miles away, giving...

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