Shih Huang-ti was the first ruler to unify all of China. He established a centralized administration and civil service system which served China, a fourth of mankind, as a model for over two thousand years.

The emperor unified China with merciless brutality and vowed that all Confucian doctrine, which set limits to the power of the ruler, should be erased.

Shih Huang-ti also constructed a vast network of roads and canals and he began that immense work, the Great Wall of China, to set limits to Nomadic incursions.