Industrial Production and Unification of the Weight System in the Qin Empire

Project: Research project

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We have examined a number of Qin dynasty weights and traced the history of their industrial production; we have also focused on studying their material features, which enable us to understand the operation of the Qin foundries that produced the weights and their relationships with the government. We hypothesized that the weights were produced at multiple local workshops rather than in a centrally administered factory, but that the foundries’ production methods were determined by the government’s political agenda to communicate its regulation policy to its subordinates.
Effective start/end date1/07/1630/06/18


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