Roma & Han Dbq

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Around the dawn of the first millennium, the Han and Roman attitudes toward technology were both self-glorifying, however the Han Empire in China placed more value upon technology and technological enhancements than did the Roman Empire, as evidenced by the constant concern on the part of the Han dynasty over the occasional indifference on the part of the Romans. Before beginning, it must be stated that every single document provided is written by somebody in the upper class, giving no insight into how the lower classes or peasants felt about technology. This provides a very limited viewpoint into the different attitudes, as the upper class was not the majority. Plus, there are no documents from women, leaving the reader to guess what women felt about the technology they used, how it helped them, or was all technology geared toward helping men in those patriarchal societies? A document from either of these sources would provide great insight into the attitudes toward technology in each nation. The Han’s view of technology was predominately self-glorifying, with good reason as the Chinese invented everything from paper to acupuncture. The Han’s seemed to feel that technology was about helping the people. As demonstrated in document 1, the first goal of technology is to ward off disaster, in this case, a flood. This demonstrates a concern for the people, at least of the property, giving the impression that technology is there to aid the Chinese. This impression is increased by the obvious concern shown by Huan Guan in document 2, where he writes about the problems the lack of technology, such as iron plows, is having on the people. Huan Guan points out how technology has become useless as the tools are poor technology and infective all around, so the main concern with the Hans about technology is its usefulness. Huan Tan begins the hints of self-glorification with
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