Posted: June 20th, 2021

@farhatullah – China and its Great Wall

Please respond to the following, using sources under the Explore heading as the basis of your response:

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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What was the purpose of the Wall and how successful was it?

·         This part requires a bit of thought.  Walls are much more than just physical barriers, they also mark clearly defining boundaries for cultures and they are also symbolic and psychological barriers as well.  Think about how the ancient Chinese felt when they saw this Wall as well as how outsiders (particularly the Mongols) felt about seeing this.  Did it signify the superiority of China?  Did it mark a clear line between civilized society and barbarians? 

Examples of other more modern examples of walls and their uses

·         Lots to choose from here, so feel free to explore.  Some easy ones to discuss might include Hadrian’s Wall, the Berlin Wall, or even the proposed wall that President Trump wants to put up on the border with Mexico.  Do more than  just list one, talk about your example in some detail and assess how it compares (in purpose, design, and scope) to the Great Wall 

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