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What Can China Learn From Her History? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2007-8-26 19:09:16 |Display all floors

Lessons well learnt.

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Two points :

#1. China was responsible for her own demise 250 years ago because  she was too arrogant and the dynastic set up was inward looking , navel gazing and  a catatonic system. But for you to dismiss the continued rape and rampage of the western and Japanese forces in disemboweling China is surely too cute .The lesson to be learned is not to be complacent : to be assertive and know what your rivals are up to .

#2.   BTW don't you dismiss the effects of marijuana , cocaine and " recreational " drugs including alcohol on the IQ and productivity of the " advanced nation ". There is the huge harvest of major depression, bipolar psychosis and suicides spreading like an epidemic throughout  these nations. This is one of the factors which show up in the quality of the graduates from their universities.

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Post time 2007-8-29 20:52:26 |Display all floors

Take a page from another book of history

Originally posted by changabula at 2007-8-21 01:50
As time passes we may forget what has happened in the past.
This can make us complacent and too trusting.

There is no doubt that China has been kept back by centuries by foreign invasion.
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Post time 2007-9-4 09:57:02 |Display all floors
It betrays a vast ignorance of history and human nature. China wasn't "held down" by outside forces, it simply refused to modernize. Why did it refuse to modernize? There are a variety of reasons but a central issue is probably precisely what you see in China today: modernization endangers the class system and therefore the grip the elites have on power. I would remind you that the central incident that started China's long stagnation, the takeover by the Confucian bureaucracy at the end of the Yongle emperor's reign, occurred long in advance of European explorations, let alone imperialism.
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You’re only partly correct on this issue. China’s failure to launch modernization during late Qing Dynasty was not because the Emperor and his officials had successfully prevented it from happening, but China’s well-established stable and stagnant and depleted system lacked the impetus and drive for modernization. It had lost its vitality and rotten to the core. Macartney, the British envoy to China in 1793, described with piercing wisdom and insight China under the reign of Qianlong as “a clay-footed giant”, who “was fortunate to fare well so far and exerted its influence in East Asia,” but “at the slightest poking from outside, the giant would crumble instantly.” “In this country, its people submissively protracted under the foot of the Emperor. A country can only thrive when its people can live a free and dignified living.” I think Macartney’s remarks neatly exposed the reasons behind China’s problems. It had lost touch with the reality of the outside world and drifted off course farther and farther. Only outside forces can put it back on the right track.

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Post time 2007-9-4 14:31:14 |Display all floors
What Can China Learn From Her History?

To avoid the racist rubbish spewing forth from seneca's mouth just as it did from his ancestors mouths during the Opium wars when we were lulled into a false sense of security.

China has finally learned from the rewriting of history from these hateful spiteful foreigners!
I am Chinese and Proud of it!

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