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I study (not enough) maths, but mainly probability.


Jul
2
comment Why China was able to unify and not Europe
@T.E.D. IMO, things were different before and after Qin, therefore not comparable. With Qin, came the first use of the word emperor, standardisation of currency and writing, and especially the end of feudalism established the foundation for future reunification. The cause of subsequent divisions of the country were fundamentally different to before the warring state period; whereas under feudalism, the King divided the country between his kins and loyal subjects. Feudalism always meant trouble.
Jul
2
comment Why China was able to unify and not Europe
@T.E.D. I know I am 2 years late but Warring state period was before Han (unlike OP's question), so not such a good counter-example. Before Qin, there was a feudal system where the central government gave away lots of land to form principalities loyal to the king. This never happened (on an extensive scale) afterward.