6 Little-Known Historical Facts That Can Surprise Even ’A’ Students

6. The Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang ordered to burn all of the books in the country.

6 Little-Known Historical Facts That Can Surprise Even ’A’ Students

In 213 B.C., the Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang ordered to burn all of the books in the country. More than 460 specialists in the educational and literary sphere were executed in 212 B.C. and a huge amount of books were burned as a result of the law forbidding the private use of books. The law was offered and penned by the Emperor’s Minister Li Si. Special attention was paid to destroying the Confucius’s Wǔjīng.

Luckily, the consequences were not that gloomy for the culture and the history of China as the ban didn’t include Qin’s state archives, the books on pharmacology, fortune telling, agriculture, and medicine. And, of course, the famous Wǔjīng has been preserved to this day; however, it went through some changes in the attempts to restore it.

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