Ancient China and Persia

WORLD CIVILIZATIONS 151 D                 Fall 2013

Semester Paper #1 (15%): Comparing Classical Civilizations: The Achaemenids of Persia and the Qin and Han dynasties in China.
This semester paper consists of one question. It should be answered in clear paragraphs, in around 3 to 3 ½ pages in length (but no longer!). Please type, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12pt font, with a 1 inch margin. Failure to stick to this rubric will lower your grade for the assignment.   The assignment should be Haiku-ed or emailed to me by 11:59pm, Thursday, September 19.
Read pages 99-109 and 111-14 of Traditions and Encounters: A Brief Global History 2nd edn (from Chapter 6, “The Unification of China,”), and re-read Chapter 5 (“The Empires of Persia,” pp. 83-87 and 90-96) and then answer the following question:
        Describe and explain the similarities and differences between the civilization of the Persian Achaemenid empire and that of China under the Qin and Han dynasties.
In your answer, try to balance factual description with explanations, and divide your response into social, political, religious, economic, and military factors. (You might wish to draw a table in which you can place relevant IDs / fats as you read the text.)
Be sure to use the following IDs, alongside others of your own: Persepolis; Royal Road; chariots; qanats; satraps; Zoroastrianism; patriarchal society; Qin Shihuangdi (and his tomb, of course, and the massive defensive wall he had constructed); Han Wudi; Confucius; the Classic of Filial Piety; silk and the silk roads.
You will be graded on the following four areas:
Focus. (Have you clearly understood the exercise? Do you keep it at the forefront throughout the paper, and do you have a clear introduction and conclusion? Do you make sure to focus on the Achaemenids, and on the Qin and Han dynasties?)
Coverage and relevance. (Do you introduce a variety of points, IDs, and arguments, and do you show that you can approach the topic from both the...