Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 10 years ago

Please help! what were the political, social, or economic reason for the fall of the Han Dynasty?

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  • 10 years ago
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    The imperial court of Han was plagued with corruption. Much of the blame for the downfall of the dynasty in Guanzhong’s Romance of the Three Kingdoms was placed on the influence of the eunuchs but there were more factors that came into play.

    One such factor was the excessive powers held by certain families at court. Their influence was just as great as that of the eunuchs and played a strong role in diminishing the authority of the Son of Heaven—the Emperor. Also, a disgruntled peasantry suffering from natural disasters that befell the empire in 183 CE led to a large-scale uprising. Because of a weak central government, military leaders and local warlords became more powerful as a result of the rebellion. Thus, although the corruption of the eunuchs contributed to the decline of the Han Dynasty, the major reasons behind the dynasty’s collapse are the overwhelming influence held by powerful clans, the natural disasters that befell a disgruntled peasantry and the disintegration of central authority within the empire.

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