China during the periods 221bc to 220ad and 581ad to 907 ad.

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For two periods of approximately 400 years, spanning from 221 B.C. to 220 A.D. and 581 A.D. to 907 A.D., China developed into a full-fledged empire whose control was vast an impacting. These empires were established through force and were held in place by a complex form of leadership and by putting an emphasis on Confucian ideals. This can be seen in three Chinese dynasties; the Han, Sui, and Tan. Even though they differed in some ways, they were very similar in the ways that they operated.

All three of these dynasties arose out of a period that there was a lack of leadership in China. Thus a power struggle ensued and these dynasties were the victors. The Qin dynasty established the foundation of an empire and after it's collapse, the Han dynasty took advantage of it. The Emperor of the Qin dynasty was cruel and strict, which lead to the unification of China.

Since it was already unified due fear, the Emperor of the Han Dynasty just stepped in and took his place. After the fall of the Han dynasty, China became divided again for about 400 years. Yan Jian, and the Sui Dynasty ended this period of division Yan was from the north and conquered southern China, which by doing so reunified China. This dynasty created unrest, which lead to another struggle for power in which Li Yuan seized the throne and founded the Tang Dynasty.

During the time periods in which these dynasties ruled, their leadership was very complex with many original processes for the time. When the Han dynasty began, the emperor removed many of the legalist features of the government, such as the harsh laws, and the reduction. At first, they let the economy develop on it's own, called laissez faire. However, after a while...