The Qin Dynasty was the last great empire dynasty to rule in the China’s region. Like any other dynasty in the Chinese empire, the Qing Dynasty was successful at the beginning, was ruled by powerful leaders and was characterized with invasion, rebellion and economic chaos (Milton, 13). The work will illustrate how administration bureaucracy failed to support the imperial system in the 19th century hence the fall of the Qing Dynasty in the early 20th Century.
How administrative bureaucracy failed to support the imperial system in China
Despite the Qing Dynasty being the most successful imperial system in China it marked the end of the long imperial period. The driving forces to the fall of the dynasty were: Confucianism, administrative bureaucracy and the Emperor itself which failed to support the Imperial system. During Qin Dynasty ruling the Chinese government was integrated with political and administrative bureaucracy. During this period of ruling, the political power flowed from those in the top of leadership to the bottom through a hierarchical order (Milton, 12). The fall of the dynasty emperor was as a result of the bureaucracy within the hereditary aristocracy where only the members of the same family would rule if the other resigned or was out of office. Decision making was halted by this administrative bureaucracy of hereditary aristocracy because the lower administrative individuals in the governance systems could not implement any aspect before being allowed by those in the top of leadership (Milton, 18). During this period, those in power subscribed to the principles of strict laws and legalism as a means of punishment to the ruled in the way of providing social order and stability.
Although the Qing Dynasty was characterized by the cases of Confucianism and Empiricism, it is believed that the empirical system failed due to the failure of the administrative bureaucracy to support the hierarchal and hereditary systems of administration. It was hard for the laws to flow smoothly from the top leaders in the hierarchal system to the bottom at the right time hence the fall of the Qing Dynasty in the early 20th century.
Milton, K. Han Dynasty China and Imperial Rome, 300 BCE–300 CE. 2014. New York Publishers.