Imperial Rome Versus Han China

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Techniques of Imperial Administration in Han China and Imperial Rome The Classical Empires had reaches sizes unimaginable to people of earlier eras. These empires covered vast amounts of land and huge populations, and had to create new methods of controlling such expansive kingdoms. The empires of Han China and Imperial Rome were especially skilled at developing systems which allowed for access throughout their lands, collecting taxes, moving the military, easy travel and trade, and the enforcement of laws and decrees. The Classical Empires of Imperial Rome and Han China both pioneered the administration of large empires through the use of bureaucracy and infrastructure. However, they each displayed deviating and unique characteristics, especially with their selection of bureaucrats, the building of infrastructure, and the spread of the empire. The nature or rather the culture towards these techniques differed in these two empires. On one hand, both cultures demands respect of the systems from those rules, however, the way this was carried out differed in each empire. The Hans placed a special emphasis on the ideals and principles of Confucianism. The subjects of Han China would have been raised to respect with question their superiors and to know their proper place and role in society. They would have strived to maintain proper Confucian relationships. Their loyalty was something almost inherited. The Romans, however, used military might, culture acceptance and diffusion, slavery, trade, and building of infrastructure to instill loyalty, respect, and obedience in their subjects. The process by which the bureaucrats were chosen was extremely contradictory between the Hans and Romans. In Hand China, the bureaucrats were chosen by a series of test. These tests covered a wide range of topics including poetry and stories. The men studying to be bureaucrats would

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