Describe two (2) specific aspects about the Great Wall of China, such as
facts about its size, length, purposes, varied materials, labor force,
and its phases of construction. Consider the various purposes of such a
wall and its impact for good or bad, and compare the Chinese wall in
this respect to some specific wall of more modern times.
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Perhaps the most recognizable symbol of China and its long and vivid history, the Great Wall of China actually consists of numerous walls and fortifications, many running parallel to each other. Originally conceived by Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the third century B.C. as a means of preventing incursions from barbarian nomads into the Chinese Empire, the wall is one of the most extensive construction projects ever completed. The best-known and best-preserved section of the Great Wall was built in the 14th through 17th centuries A.D., during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Though the Great Wall never effectively prevented invaders from entering China, it came to function more as a psychological barrier between Chinese civilization and the outside world, and to date remains a powerful symbol of the country’s enduring strength.
The other comparable wall of the modern world seized to exist, following it's demolished two decades ago. Just like the Chinese great wall, the berlin wall represented two different civilizations and political and economic development respectively.
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Nov 2nd, 2015
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