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Who built the Great Wall of China ?


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Chinamen... Really only parts of it are big and strong and the rest was little more than a few stones build up with guard towers every few hundred metres. It has been built up and up over time so was never all built at once to the height some parts are today. Most of it isn't like the big section of wall you see on tv.

 

Do you think they made the Barbarians pay for it?

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In the UK the romans built 'hadrian's wall' and sections of it were built in stone but as the project wore on, political deadlines looomed and resources became short sections of wall started to be built out of earth (i'm guessing it was rammed earth).

 

The wall then performed a number of functions. Firstly it created a defencive structure against incursions from the wilder caledonian tribes in the north whilst secondly enabling the romans to monitor the movements of people and goods which could then be managed and taxed. Finally it set down a marker to distinguish territories and to act as a claim over an area of land.

 

An earthen wall is not as good as a stone wall for defence but it can still prevent people driving oxen carts of goods through open country so that they must pass through certain checkpoints which then allows you to tax the goods and identify the people: CONTROL

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