China/France DBQ Comparitive

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During the period of the mid 15th century to the mid 18th, the emergence of a representative state, France, emerged in the west and temporally in the east the Chinese dynasties of Ming and Qing (although Qing was Manchu) came about which individually created a key political structure in their respective lands.

With the emergence of several key political structures the examples of France and China present an example of how the lead rulers made an example or set of principles. With a post turmoil France and China the two were in search for a answer to their rule, in both, they united the state to stabilize their country and rule. The kings/emperors were viewed as following a dynastic path in the decision on who would succeed. The French had ousted an enemy in the British in 1453, and the Ming had finally regained their country after Mongol reign during the Yuan dynasty.

The way in which these states/countries ruled and appointed rulers was more of a divergence. In France, the era of exploration and colonization led them to the founding of tributary states and colonies throughout the world which fed their country in a political sense. In China by the end of the Ming the expeditions of Zheng He had been halted due to interior and exterior problems. The effect of this was that the French sent out people from their own state to rule these new areas but the Chinese had stopped expansion, relying on the fact the China could survive on her own, an issue they will deal with forever. The eventual spread of the political umbrella in France during this time period allowed this tiny country to be able to contend with someone even as large as China.

In China the Civil Service examination...