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The Great Wall of China. Did the Benefits outweigh the costs
Transcript of The Great Wall of China. Did the Benefits outweigh the costs
The Great wall of China may be one of the seven wonders of the world but it cost many lives, tons of money, and the hard work of many laborers.
The construction of this Great wall took many lives and many hard workers to complete. During the Qin Dynasty the soldiers, slaves, and peasants would have to leave their families and villages to guard the wall. Most of these people died from loneliness, boredom, hunger, and severe Climate temperatures.
During the Han Dynasty the soldiers, slaves, and peasants not only had to worry about starvation, boredom, loneliness, and severe weather. They also had to worry about the Xiongnu. The Xiongnu was attacking China and they were charging repeatedly and picked a huge fight. The exact words from a soldier are "We sally forth at dawn, but do not return at dusk." because as soon as they charged into enemy territory they would die.
Cost in Money
The Great wall of China was a very expensive project. The Chinese tried very hard to add protection to the wall. They added catapults, moats, and thorn bushes. These defense actions all piled up and came to a costly conclusion. Also just as progress was made on the wall the Chinese were paying the Xiongnu in silk, and since silk floss is the currency in China at the time the amount they were paying the Xiongnu increased.
The people of the Han and Qin Dynasties all worked very hard to build this wall. They spent many years building the foundation, pouring the dirt, guarding and protecting the wall, and defending attacks on this wall from the Xiongnu
So in conclusion the great wall of China may be one of the seven wonders of the world but it is one of the most deadly, costly, and hard worked for monuments in this world.