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Monday, July 29, 2013

Wu Diand Civil Service in Ancient China

Wu Diand Civil Service
In 140 B.C. Wu Di (WOO DEE) came to the Han throne. The name Wu Di, or "Warlike Emperor," was a good title for this leader. He created large armies, some with as many as 300,000 soldiers, to conquer new lands and expand the borders of the empire.

Wu Di's empire faced a tremendous threat from the north. A nomadic people called the Xiongnu (shee»UNG»noo) often made raids into China. Much later the Xiongnu, also known as the Huns, would attack Europe. To guard against attack by the Xiongnu, Wu Di extended the Great Wall. He also sent his armies north against the nomadic warriors. Wu Di's actions restored some peace to the distant regions of China.

A civil service is a part of a bureaucracy that oversees the day-to-day business of running a government.
As in the Qin government, many Han government jobs were given as a reward for loyalty. Some jobs, however, could be earned by performing well on tests. The tests measured a person's ability to do government work. Many of these tests were open to people of all classes.

How did Wu Di protect his empire and run it?


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