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Emperors of China's Qin Dynasty

221-206 BCE


The Qin Dynasty was the first in history to unify much of modern-day China under a single emperor. However, the dynasty did not last very long - it began to collapse almost immediately after the founder's death.

Qin Dynasty Emperors of China

  • Qin Shi Huangdi, ruled 221 - 210 BCE
  • Qin Er Shi, r. 210 - 207 BCE

Qin Shi Huangdi was a great conquerer, and started work on northern border fortifications that later formed the basis of the Great Wall of China. His son was a much weaker ruler, however, so the dynasty collapsed in the third year of his reign.

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