Traditional Chinese historiography almost always portrayed the First Emperor of the Chinese unified states as a brutal tyrant who had an obsessive fear of assassination. Ideological antipathy towards the Legalist State of Qin was established as early as BC, when Confucian philosopher Xunzi disparaged it. They eventually compiled a list of the Ten Crimes of Qin to highlight his tyrannical actions. Jia Yi's essay, admired as a masterpiece of rhetoric and reasoning, was copied into two great Han histories and has had a far-reaching influence on Chinese political thought as a classic illustration of Confucian theory.
Qin, from a tiny base, had become a great power, ruling the land and receiving homage from all quarters for a hundred odd years. Yet after they unified the land and secured themselves within the pass, a single common rustic could nevertheless challenge this empire Because the ruler lacked humaneness and rightness; because preserving power differs fundamentally from seizing power. In more modern times, historical assessment of the First Emperor different from traditional Chinese historiography began to emerge.
The reassessment was spurred on by the weakness of China in the latter half of the 19th century and early 20th century. At that time some began to regard Confucian traditions as an impediment to China's entry into the modern world, opening the way for changing perspectives. At a time when foreign nations encroached upon Chinese territory, leading Kuomintang historian Xiao Yishan emphasized the role of Qin Shi Huang in repulsing the northern barbarians, particularly in the construction of the Great Wall.
Ma compared him with the contemporary leader Chiang Kai-shek and saw many parallels in the careers and policies of the two men, both of whom he admired. Chiang's Northern Expedition of the late s, which directly preceded the new Nationalist government at Nanjing was compared to the unification brought about by Qin Shi Huang.
With the coming of the Communist Revolution and the establishment of a new, revolutionary regime in , another re-evaluation of the First Emperor emerged as a Marxist critique.
This new interpretation of Qin Shi Huang was generally a combination of traditional and modern views, but essentially critical. This is exemplified in the Complete History of China , which was compiled in September as an official survey of Chinese history. The work described the First Emperor's major steps toward unification and standardisation as corresponding to the interests of the ruling group and the merchant class , not of the nation or the people, and the subsequent fall of his dynasty as a manifestation of the class struggle.
The perennial debate about the fall of the Qin Dynasty was also explained in Marxist terms, the peasant rebellions being a revolt against oppression—a revolt which undermined the dynasty, but which was bound to fail because of a compromise with " landlord class elements". Since , however, a radically different official view of Qin Shi Huang in accordance with Maoist thought has been given prominence throughout China.
Hong Shidi's biography Qin Shi Huang initiated the re-evaluation. The work was published by the state press as a mass popular history, and it sold 1. In the new era, Qin Shi Huang was seen as a far-sighted ruler who destroyed the forces of division and established the first unified, centralized state in Chinese history by rejecting the past. Personal attributes, such as his quest for immortality, so emphasized in traditional historiography, were scarcely mentioned.
However, he was criticized for not being as thorough as he should have been, and as a result, after his death, hidden subversives under the leadership of the chief eunuch Zhao Gao were able to seize power and use it to restore the old feudal order.
To round out this re-evaluation, Luo Siding put forward a new interpretation of the precipitous collapse of the Qin Dynasty in an article entitled "On the Class Struggle During the Period Between Qin and Han" in a issue of Red Flag , to replace the old explanation.
The new theory claimed that the cause of the fall of Qin lay in the lack of thoroughness of Qin Shi Huang's " dictatorship over the reactionaries, even to the extent of permitting them to worm their way into organs of political authority and usurp important posts.
Mao Zedong , chairman of the People's Republic of China , was reviled [ by whom? On being compared to the First Emperor, Mao responded:. You [intellectuals] revile us for being Qin Shi Huangs. You are wrong. We have surpassed Qin Shi Huang a hundredfold. When you berate us for imitating his despotism, we are happy to agree! Your mistake was that you did not say so enough. Tom Ambrose characterises Qin Shi Huang as the founder of "the first police state in history".
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Qin Shi Huang disambiguation. First Emperor of Qin. Relevant articles. Early figures. Founding figures. Han figures. Later figures. Main article: Jing Ke. Main article: Gao Jianli. Main article: Qin's wars of unification. Further information: History of the administrative divisions of China before Main article: Zhang Liang Western Han. Main article: Chinese emperors family tree early. Main article: Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor.
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The public viewing of the coffins was curtailed severely and even more scandalously, Montenuovo tried unsuccessfully to make the children foot the bill. All of the assassins were eventually caught. Anti-Serb rioting broke out in Sarajevo and various other places within Austria-Hungary in the hours following the assassination until order was restored by the military.
The following day, anti-Serb demonstrations in Sarajevo became more violent and could be characterized as a pogrom. The police and local authorities in the city did nothing to prevent anti-Serb violence.
The majority of the defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit high treason involving official circles in the Kingdom of Serbia. The trial was held from 12 October to 23 October with the verdict and sentences announced on 28 October The adult defendants, facing the death penalty, portrayed themselves at trial as unwilling participants in the conspiracy. If you betray it, you and your family will be destroyed. When pressed for why he risked the punishment of the law, and did not take the protection of the law against these threats he responded: "I was more afraid of terror than the law.
In order to refute the charge, the conspirators from Belgrade, who because of their youth did not face the death penalty, focused during the trial on putting blame on themselves and deflecting it from official Serbia and modified their court testimony from their prior depositions accordingly.
Prison terms, death sentences and acquittals were as follows: . Those under the age of 20 years at the time of the crime could receive a maximum sentence of 20 years under Austrian-Hungarian law. The court heard arguments regarding Princip's age, as there was some doubt as to his true date of birth but concluded that Princip was under 20 at the time of the assassination.
In late and early , secret peace talks took place between Austria-Hungary and France. For some time, Regent Alexander and officers loyal to him had planned to get rid of the military clique headed by Apis as Apis represented a political threat to Alexander's power.
On 15 March Apis and the officers loyal to him were indicted, on various false charges unrelated to Sarajevo the case was retried before the Supreme Court of Serbia in and all defendants were exonerated ,  by Serbian Court Martial on the French-controlled Salonika front.
On 23 May Apis and eight of his associates were sentenced to death; two others were sentenced to 15 years in prison. One defendant died during the trial and the charges against him were dropped. The Serbian High Court reduced the number of death sentences to seven. Regent Alexander commuted four of the remaining death sentences, leaving just three death sentences in place.
And now who could reprieve them? As the three condemned men were driven to their execution, Apis remarked to the driver "Now it is clear to me and clear to you too, that I am to be killed today by Serbian rifles solely because I organized the Sarajevo outrage. Some serious personal misadventure might befall him. His journey might give rise to incidents and demonstrations that Serbia would deprecate but that would have fatal repercussions on Austro-Serbian relations.
Bilinski showed no sign of attaching great importance to the total message and dismissed it limiting himself to remarking when saying goodbye and thanking him: 'Let us hope nothing does happen. In J. His name appeared in Serbian documents captured by Austria-Hungary during the war. Serbia published no clarifications of their confessions with regards to the Sarajevo attack. After Serbia's victory over Bulgaria in Macedonia in the Balkan Wars , the "Black Hand" became moribund because of the death of its president and the failure to replace him, an inactive secretary, casualties, broken links between its three-man cells, and a drying up of funding.
Apis's confession to ordering the operation that begins with the phrase "As the Chief of the Intelligence Department of the General Staff",  the fact that the military chain of command was invoked, the moribund nature of the "Black Hand" and the fact that under the "Black Hand" constitution Article 16, such an assassination could only be ordered by a vote of the Supreme Council Directorate, the President or the Secretary and no such order was made,  are factors in favor of assigning responsibility to Serbian Military Intelligence.
At trial, it was noted that the three assassins from Belgrade tried to take all blame on themselves. Detective Joe Marinaro Don Billett Detective Bill Mayo Kenny Marino Dom Bando Carmine Caridi Detective Gino Mascone Tony Page Detective Raf Alvarez Norman Parker Assistant U. Rick Cappalino Paul Roebling Brooks Paige Bob Balaban Santimassino James Tolkan George Polito Steve Inwood Mario Vincente Lindsay Crouse Carla Ciello Matthew Laurance Ronnie Ciello Tony Turco Before even shaking my hand he excitedly went on about how the building across the street looked totally different years ago.
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