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accepted What lands have been called by names chosen to disassociate those lands from its inhabitants
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comment What lands have been called by names chosen to disassociate those lands from its inhabitants
I see. Thanks.‏
Dec
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comment What lands have been called by names chosen to disassociate those lands from its inhabitants
Are you implying that the names Helena (Greece) and Turkey are offensive to one another?
Dec
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comment What lands have been called by names chosen to disassociate those lands from its inhabitants
That means that they do not recognise the ruling party's legitimacy and so accept no ruling by them as authoritative (culturally sensitive or not).
Dec
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comment What lands have been called by names chosen to disassociate those lands from its inhabitants
Not at all, both names derive from the same tribe from what I've understood. Neither are derogatory, but the local government feels that the Anglacized "Burma" is less preferable to the local pronunciation of "Myama" (hence, Myanmar: the 'r' is not pronounced like native English speakers expect).
Dec
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comment What lands have been called by names chosen to disassociate those lands from its inhabitants
Thank you, I was completely ignorant about that bit of Turkish and Greek history.
Dec
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comment What lands have been called by names chosen to disassociate those lands from its inhabitants
Thank you soliloquyy. It seems to me that the German intention was to Germanize the lands (make them seem German) rather than to disservice the Poles. Maybe a bit of both?
Nov
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comment How did Greece avoid the Soviet sphere of influence?
Thanks, TED. I had no idea!
Nov
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revised How did Greece avoid the Soviet sphere of influence?
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Nov
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comment How did Greece avoid the Soviet sphere of influence?
Thank you. Somehow when reading the Wikipedia page on Greece I missed the link to the Greek civil war. The whole answer to my question seems to be in there. Thank you for the mention and helping me find it.
Nov
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comment How did Greece avoid the Soviet sphere of influence?
@kubanczyk: That is a great read, but has no information specific to Greece. Still, the Grecian neighbours' situation is good to know as well as it does shed some light.
Nov
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comment Writing month with roman numbers
Add some pictures. I'll see if I can forward them to a clock affectionado.
Nov
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asked How did Greece avoid the Soviet sphere of influence?
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comment How accurate and detailed were geographical maps created and updated by the Romans?
Thanks, if only I could edit that post. Of course I did mean 1492, the year of the Spanish Inquisition. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!
Jul
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comment Since the inception of the United States, has the term “America” ever referred to something more than simply “the United States”?
@Rincewind42: In Arabic as spoken in the Palestinian territories, when they shout "Death to America" the word "America" is used (with Arabic pronunciation of course). So no matter what you think "America" means, they are in fact shouting "Death to America".
Jul
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comment What lands have been called by names chosen to disassociate those lands from its inhabitants
Thank you TED, your answers are always insightful and informative. However, your newest edit is a terrific answer to a question that wasn't asked. You elaborate on good ways to name a country, and I happen to agree with you as I understand exactly what is in a name. But the question was "what areas were named specifically to disservice the indigenous inhabitants". Yourself and others got very caught up in the two examples that I presented, but they were just examples (and not even good examples, it turns out).
Jul
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comment What lands have been called by names chosen to disassociate those lands from its inhabitants
Quite the difference! From what I understand, the name Belgium was used to not offend the people living within. The name Palestine was used specifically to offend after the Bar Kochava revolt.
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comment What lands have been called by names chosen to disassociate those lands from its inhabitants
I see, thanks Rory.