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The Great Wall of China:Debate

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Transcript of The Great Wall of China:Debate

Conclusion
The Great Wall of China is often regarded as one of the man-made wonders of the world.
It was built in the Qin and Han dynasties in Ancient China during a 2,000 year period.
Various sections of it have been measured to be 5,488 miles.
It was built to protect China's northern border from the Xiongnu Mongols
As many as one million lives were lost while building it.
History of the Great Wall
THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA
Was it worth it?
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The Great Wall, was it worth it?
We think that the Great Wall wasn't worth it because:
1. Millions of soldier and worker lives were lost.
2. The Mongols still eventually found their way around the wall and fought with China.
The main reason they built the Great Wall of China was to keep the northern invaders (the Mongols) out, and it did not do that.
PROS OF BUILDING THE GREAT WALL
In conclusion, we think that building the Great Wall of China was not worth building and was a waste of time and money.
While there were a few pros to building the wall, there are also cons some of them being:
On the silk road, people wouldn't pass part of the road because it was out of the wall's protection.
The names of the trading posts along the wall translated to: 'Enter and you won't come back.'
It didn't really protect them, the Xiongnu Mongols still were able to find their way around the wall.
Lots of silk was given to the Mongols.
It was a waste of time and many lives were lost.
Cons Of Building The
Great Wall
Some pros of building the wall were:
Kept nomads out for a while.
Protected the people of China.
Xiongnu Mongols could have killed lots of people if the wall did not block them out.
The material usually used to build parts of the wall was plentiful.
Made a historical landmark.
Attracted visitors
People felt safer
Pros Of Building
The Great Wall
What The Other Team Might Say
They might say it's worth building the wall because of:
The protection that it gave
Didn't use a lot of important materials
Gave a landmark for visitors to see
Enhanced the glory of China
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