Shi Huangdi and Ashoka

Shi Huangdi and Ashoka

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  • You are sentenced to death for reading illegal books.
  • Everyone run away! Shi Huangdhi is coming!
  • In 221 BC Shi Huangdhi became the emperor of China. He was evil and believed in legalism.
  • Shi Huangdhi was a legalist ruler, the rules he created were very strict with harsh punishments. He burned books, and people caught with illegal books would be killed.
  • Shi Huangdhi's strict laws shaped his country's society because he made everyone fearful of him and he made them honest.
  • Ashoka was a ruler in India who used to be legalist, then he became enlightened and converted to Buddhism.
  • After the battle against the Kalinga, Ashoka became enlightened and converted to Buddhism.
  • Shi Huangdhi and Ashoka were similar because at one point they were both legalist rulers. They were different because Ashoka became enlightened and converted to Buddhism, but Shi Huangdhi stayed as a harsh legalist ruler.
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