The Unification of China
(221 BC)

Emerged as the strongest, partially thanks to its use of iron over the bronze weapons of its neighbors, was the western Chou state of Qin (pronounced Ch’in) from which, some have suggested, we get the name China. The leader who brought all these states together, and in effect became the first emperor of China in 221 BC, was named Shi Huang-Ti.
He also instigated the building of the Great Wall of China19 – the largest man-made structure in the world at over 6,000 km long – in order to protect his empire from the Huns, the same people that would attack the West several hundred years later.

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