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Emperor Wu began military campaigns focussed territorial expansion.
This decision nearly destroyed his empire in its early stages. Reacting to border incursions by sending out the troops, Emperor Wu sent his armies in all directions but the sea. Minyue invaded its south-western neighbour and Zhao Mo sought help from the Han court. Following the campaign, Minyue was split into a dual monarchy: Dongyue, under King Lou Yushan, had agreed to assist the Han campaign against Nanyue, but the Dongyue army never reached there, blaming the weather while secretly relaying intelligence to Nanyue.
The Han army crushed the rebellionand the Dongyue kingdom began to fragment after King Yushan stubbornly refused to surrender. Elements of the Dongyue army defected and turned against their ruler. The two states of Minyue and Dongyue were then completely annexed under the Han rule.
Conquest of Nanyue[ edit ] Further information: Emperor Wu was greatly pleased by this gesture, and he dispatched an expedition force to attack Minyue, over the objection of one of his key advisors, Liu Ana royal relative and the Prince of Huainan.
War against the northern steppes[ edit ] Further information: Xiongnu and Han—Xiongnu War Ceramic statues of a prancing horse foreground and a cavalryman on horseback backgroundEastern Han Dynasty AD Military tension had long existed between China and the northern " barbarians ", mainly because the fertile lands of the prosperous agricultural civilization presented attractive targets for the poorer but more militaristic horseback nomads.
The threat posed to the Xiongnu by the northward expansion of the Qin Empire ultimately led to the consolidation of the many tribes into a confederacy. Despite the periodic humiliation of appeasement and providing gifts, the Han borders were still frequented by Xiongnu raids for the next seven decades.
Following the death of his powerful grandmother, Emperor Wu decided that Han China had sufficiently recovered enough to support a full-scale war. He first ended the official policy of peace with the Battle of Mayi in BC, which involved a failed plan to trick a force of 30, Xiongnu into an ambush ofHan soldiers.
While neither side suffered any casualties, the Xiongnu retaliated by increasing their border attacks, leading many in the Han court to abandon the hope for peace with the Xiongnu. At the same time, he expanded and trained officers from his royal guards.
This also provided a new supply of high-quality horse breeds from Central Asia, including the famed Ferghana horse ancestors of the modern Akhal-Tekefurther strengthening the Han army.
Emperor Wu then reinforced this strategic asset by establishing five commanderies and constructing a length of fortified wall along the border of the Hexi Corridor, colonizing the area withChinese soldier-settlers.
The cost of the war led the central Han government to introduce new levies, increasing the burden on average peasants, and the population census of the empire showed a significant drop from famines and people fleeing to avoid having to pay the taxes.
Some of the military colonies established at that time survived into the 4th century, leaving behind various particularly well-preserved funerary artefacts. Zhang was to entice the kingdom to return to its ancestral lands with promises of Han military assistance, with the intention that Yuezhi forces would fight against the Xiongnu.
Zhang was immediately captured by Xiongnu once he ventured into the desert, but was able to escape around BC and eventually made it to Yuezhi, which by then had relocated to Samarkand. While Yuezhi refused to return, it and several other kingdoms in the area, including Dayuan Kokand and Kangjuestablished diplomatic relations with Han.
After the Prince of Hunxie surrendered the Gansu region, the path to Xiyu became clear and regular embassies between Han and the Xiyu kingdoms commenced.
Emperor Wu sent ambassadors to the Dian Kingdom in Yunnan. Bronze sculpture depicting Dian people, 3rd century BCE.
Another expansion plan, this one aimed at the south-west, was aimed at the eventual conquest of Nanyue, which was viewed as an unreliable vassal.
The plan was to first obtain submission of the south-western tribal kingdoms — the largest of which was Yelang modern ZunyiGuizhou — so that a route for a potential back-stabbing attack on Nanyue could be made. Later, after Zhang Qian returned from the western region, part of his report indicated that embassies could more easily reach Shendu India and Anxi Parthia by going through the south-western kingdoms.
Encouraged by the report, Emperor Wu sent ambassadors in BC to try to persuade Yelang and Dian modern eastern Yunnan into submission again. Religion[ edit ] Han Gaozufounder of the Han dynasty, had installed shaman cultists from the area of the former state of Jin in the area of the modern province of Shanxi as official religious functionaries of his new empire.
He began to associate with magicians who claimed to be able to, if they could find the proper ingredients, create divine pills that would confer immortality.
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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. March Learn how and when to remove this template message Around the same time, perhaps as a sign of what would come to be, Emperor Wu began to trust governing officials who were harsh in their punishment, believing that such harshness would be the most effective method to maintain social order and so placing these officials in power.Qin Shi Huang (or Shi Huangdi) was the First Emperor of a unified China and ruled from BCE to BCE.
In his year reign, he managed to create magnificent and enormous construction projects. He also caused both incredible cultural and intellectual growth and much destruction within China. AP World History: China. Ch2 Classical Civilization China World history classics of Chinese liter¬ature & law> model of scholar-bureaucrat that would later become important element of China's political tradition.
Wu Ti established school to train men of tal-ent/ability for national examinations; most drawn from landed upper classes,who. The Chinese emperor Han Wu-ti ( B.C.) enlarged China's frontiers, instituted new means of income for the state, and made Confucianism the state orthodoxy.
Han Wu-ti was originally named Liu Ch'e. He came to the Han throne at the age of 16 but did not take the government into his own hands. The Han emperor sometimes paid his respects to supreme powers and reported on the state of the dynasty at the summit of Mt. T'ai. Emperor Wu-ti's desire for immortality for himself and deceased loved ones led him to employ a number of intermediaries who claimed to be able to make contact with the world of the immortals.
Confucianism was further incorporated as the official doctrine of the government and Wu Ti established schools throughout the empire to foster literacy and teach Confucian precepts.
He also reformed transportation, roads, and trade and decreed many other public projects, employing millions as state workers in these undertakings. A Brief History Of China. The Asian Way Of Life: CHINA.
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extent and development during the long reign of Wu Ti ("Martial Emperor"), who. ruled from to 87 B.C. To accomplish his goal of territorial expansion, he brilliant scholar and respected commentator on the Confucian classics.