Roman and Chinese Shared Factors

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Around the time of 200 CE, both China, during the Han Dynasty, and Rome were two of the most dominant empires of Ancient Europe and Asia. Three factors that both empires shared were their social, political, and economical views. They consisted of well-organized bureaucracies, emphasized family values, and a drive for territorial expansion. Male supremacy was a great deal for each empire. Roman men only cared about reproducing male offspring. Women were of no importance aside from the ability to produce sons for the men. In Han China, it was considered a disgrace for women to produce female offspring. The social standing of women was on the same level as children. Although the societies seemed quite sexist, the men were still respectful where respect was due. Ancient Rome and Han China both shared economical views. The basis wealth in these societies was agriculture since this provided some of the items they traded. However, Rome mostly exported glass and metal-works while Han China mostly exported silk and bronze tools. Both empires charged taxes to their people with the exception of slaves. Rome had a lot more slaves then Han China, however the slaves led to an economical downfall in both ancient Rome and Han China. The political structures of both were based on very well organized bureaucratic systems with strong monarchy sets of succession. Both empires emerged from small beginnings, but with plenty discipline and military toughness. Han China was built on earlier imperial traditions started by the Qin and Zhou. Rome was built on aristocratic landlords expanding out from a city-state. Both emphasized territorial expansion. They took power over other small, threatening neighbors, which led to wars and conquests. This only increased the expansion of borders and led to more perceived threats, which led to more
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