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Despite the vast geographical differences throughout the area that makes up China, once the various tribes and clans were unified under a consolidated ruler, China’s empires were able to grow in size and sophistication that rivaled any civilization in the west. However, while the western civilizations saw empires rise and fall due to conquering armies from different regions, creeds, and ethnic groups, China’s political change came from within. Whereas the disenfranchised social classes in the west were made up of conquered people from differing nations, the uprisings in China came from different clans that were successful in ousting the previous ruling dynasty. While the empires that surrounded the Mediterranean Sea were restricted by language and cultural differences that had to be assimilated, the Chinese were able to build each subsequent empire on the bones of the previous one, which made the transition of leadership less cumbersome.
One of the most unifying elements of Chinese culture was the adherence to a logographic written language. Unlike western empires whose written …