chapter  18
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Don’t ask (tell)

Qin Shihuangdi fi rst ruled China in 221 BC. He was the fi rst Emperor, and laid the foundations for the world’s oldest continuous political entity. However, the preceding two hundred years could not have been more different. Named the ‘Warring States Period’, it was characterized by a disunited collection of fractious power-bases, border raids, mass wars, and political turmoil. From this period we get the apocryphal story of ‘sa¯n rén chéng huˇx’, or ‘three men make a tiger’.