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The Unification of China

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Kinberg, Nicholas Michael Chakmakian AP World History 11 July 2015 Chapter 8 Outline Unification of China 99 BC, Chinese imperial officers sentenced historian Sima Qian to castration 10 yrs., Qian worked on project inherited from father, history of China Brought him prominence at imperial court; def'd. Dishonored gen., attracted danger Emperor was angry, learned Qian expressed opinions that contradicted his opinion 1k's underwent voluntary castration in China to pursue careers as eunuchs Elites appointed eunuchs because they didn't sire fam's./couldn't build power Still came to wield influence in elite fam's. Sentenced to castration, Chinese men avoided penalty using suicide
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