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I found a similar quote in Rashid-ad-din, (=Rashid al Din (1247-1318) in Wikipedia), Collection of chronicles, vol. 1, book 2 (Russian edition, 1952). The chapter is called Tales on Genghiz Khan, on his laudable features, qualities of his soul, etc. [very long title]. I translate the relevant place (from the Russian): Once Genghiz Khan asked Boorchi-noyon ...


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The quote comes from the Jami' al-tawarikh (the Ilkhanate's "History of the World"). The quote as given by d'Ohsson, translated from the French: This conqueror once asked to noyan Bourgoudji, one of his first generals, what was, in his opinion, the delight of man. "It is, he said, to go to the hunt, a spring day, mounted on a beautiful horse, ...


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Baron Acton lived in a "world" completely dominated by what we'd now call "Western Culture". He wasn't trying to talk about linguistics or genetics here, but about culture: Literature, The Arts, Science, Math, etc. Moreoever, as a royalist, one would expect the man to be even more dismissive than the typical person of both non-european and popular culture. ...


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I think that it is not Acton, although it expresses sentiments he might have uttered. The quote is, I think, with insignificant modifications, from Sir Henry Maine, in his ‘Village Communities’ (3rd ed., 1876) p. 238. In this lecture, Maine’s proposition is that the idea of progress has been received by the British from the Greeks and passed on to the ...



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