A history of the building of the great wall of china as protection against outside threats

In light of this, the Great Wall of China was certainly a failure as the resources spent on building the wall could well be used on other things like paying the soldiers, critically, and a unmanned wall was not going to defend itself. When the populace had become tired and weary they started to dissipate and abscond.

Intending to impose centralized rule and prevent the resurgence of feudal lords, he ordered the destruction of the sections of the walls that divided his empire among the former states.

Over the centuries, many consolidated power and built empires with large, well-organized armies with ambitions well beyond simply plundering. Although the Yellow River formed a theoretical natural boundary with the north, such a border so far into the steppe was difficult to maintain.

Similar in function to the Great Wall whose extension, in a sense, it wasbut more basic in construction, the Liaodong Wall enclosed the agricultural heartland of the Liaodong province, protecting it against potential incursions by Jurched-Mongol Oriyanghan from the northwest and the Jianzhou Jurchens from the north.

The sections built by different states were unconnected until the reign of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. The Contemporary Role of the Great Wall Since opening to the public inthe number of visitors to the Badaling Great Wall exceeds million, including more than foreign heads of state.

The Ordos region, northern Shanxi, and the upper Luan River basin around Chengde [69] were abandoned and left to the control of the Xiongnu. From Jiayu Pass the wall travels discontinuously down the Hexi Corridor and into the deserts of Ningxiawhere it enters the western edge of the Yellow River loop at Yinchuan.

Qinshihuang dispatched more thantroops that had just wound up the military campaign against Hun invasion to build the Great Wall. A defense project of such dimensions was an effective safeguard against nomad cavalry.

The first walls in the Ordos region merely redirected the Mongol raids to other areas, and so the commanders of those other areas built walls of their own.

Inthe project was started again, and lasted three years. The Qing cavalries broke through Shanhaiguan Passand occupied the central plain. The nomads would simply renew their attack as soon as the troops had withdrawn. In exchange for peace, the Han offered tributes along with princesses to marry off to the Xiongnu chiefs.

Its multiple functions include fight, command, observation, communications, and shelter. They coveted land in the Central Plains areas that had been settled by Han farmers.

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The wall that is so well known today is predominantly a product of the Ming Dynastythough the building of fortified walls to protect territory along the northern frontier stretching from Manchuria to Central Asia is a practice whose roots go back to the Qin dynasty of the 3rd century BCE.

On the other hand, the so-called Willow Palisadefollowing a line similar to that of the Ming Liaodong Wall, was constructed by the Qing rulers in Manchuria. There are ambiguous accounts of the Jin rebuilding the Qin wall, [72] but these walls apparently offered no resistance during the Wu Hu uprisingwhen the nomadic tribes of the steppe evicted the Chinese court from northern China.

The rule of the Eastern Zhou dynasty was marked by bloody interstate anarchy. Owing to its large territory and strong military power, few sections were built during the Yuan Dynasty. As the nomadic economy produced only meat and hides, nomads would attack Central Plains farming communities and pillage the cloth and iron implements they produced.

Even after the loss of all of Liaodongthe Ming army held the heavily fortified Shanhai Passpreventing the Manchus from conquering the Chinese heartland. As a result, the construction of the wall was equal parts protection from outside invaders and an attempt to keep the Chinese in China. While the Great Wall was not originally conceived to serve as a defense against raiders from the north and east, under the Qin dynasty, sections were added to existing walls.

The conservation of this ancient Chinese engineering feat is now the common concern of the government, NGOs and everyday citizens of China. The initial constructions may have been designed at least as much in response to internal strife as to exterior threats.

By the end of the Ming, fighting men were needed all over the empires to deal with internal revolts as the Ming economy broke down due to various factors and the Manchu threat. Often in addition to the wall, the defensive system included garrisons and beacon towers inside the wall, and watchtowers outside at regular intervals.

Dong continues, "In order to halt this agricultural retreat, troops were sent in by the government of the Central Plains areas to protect farmers and their land, but they would arrive only to find that the marauders had already retreated.

There at Piantou Pass. Eventually, the Ming rulers decided to start construction of a new, impregnable Wall. There were two major periods of construction on the Great Wall, one during the Qin and Han dynasties, and the second during the Ming dynasty.

After the Han, the Wall mostly fell into disuse mainly because it was costly to constantly maintain and repair it. The emperor requisitioned a furthercivilian laborers, among them convicts.

In the north, the state of Wei and the Yiqu built walls to protect themselves from Qin aggression, but were still unable to stop Qin from eating into their territories. Likewise, according to this model, walls not only enveloped cities as time went by, but also lined the borders of the feudal states and eventually the whole Chinese empire to provide protection against raids from the agrarian northern steppes.

Before this time, the Manchus had crossed the Great Wall multiple times to raid, but this time it was for conquest. The theory is that conflict between the two types of civilizations should not be surprising given their close proximity.

Although it was Chairman Mao Zedong who once said: More importantly, they would soon have their hands full with a new threat arriving by sea:An exhibition of old photographs of the Great Wall, many from the s, that opened in Beijing in February highlights the ongoing threats faced by China's internationally best known ancient "monument".

The photographs were collected by English enthusiast William Lindesay, who since has. The Great Wall has been synonymous with China since travelers and adventurers first spoke of the Middle Kingdom to the rest of the world. The absence of mention of the Great Wall in the famous.

The history of Great Wall continued during the Song Dynasty to defend against the invaders from the north and west, like Western Xia, Liao, and Jin. Nevertheless, the Wall failed to stop the intrusion of northern Jin Dynasty, leading to demise of Song Dynasty in.

The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe with an eye.

The history of the Great Wall of China began when fortifications built by but also lined the borders of the feudal states and eventually the whole Chinese empire to provide protection against raids from the agrarian northern steppes. since their territory encompassed vast areas inside and outside the wall: China proper.

Great Wall of China History & Facts.

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WHO WERE THESE NOMADS ANYWAY? the First Emperor Qin Shi Huang ordered his general Meng Tian to start constructing the Great Wall to protect against the northern nomads.

In addition to building on previously constructed walls along the northern border, he also ordered the destruction of the .

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