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comment Are there confirmed cases where a country changed its language without being conquered?
@CGCampbell The Scots have an accent. So do the Scousers in Liverpool. So do the Welsh. So do Jamaicans. Have you ever listen to a Texan drawl. However, do note that the words we write are nearly universally the same everywhere. Scotland today has three languages. Gaelic, Scots and Scottish English. Not everyone with a Scottish accent speaks Scots (though they all can understand) and those who speak Scots can universally write English to a high standard.
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comment Are there confirmed cases where a country changed its language without being conquered?
@CGCampbell Of course I've listed to one you "us". Every time I open my own mouth.
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comment Are there confirmed cases where a country changed its language without being conquered?
@Axelrod If you read more than the first sencence you might find your answer. To repeat myself - Scots have been speaking English just as long as the English have been speaking English. There have been English speaking Scots in Scotland for hundreds of years before Edward Longshanks came through. Secondly, English didn't expand in Scotland because of the wars. The spread of English to the highlands and islands happened largely during the late 18th century and into the 19th century, due to the social-economic changes, shifting populations, the Enlightenment, etc
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comment Who was responsible for the partition of India?
@T.E.D.♦ I don't think the British would have been perfectly happy leaving the whole are as one. Parallels can be drawn to how the British divided up Africa and Arab countries when they became independent. Britain long used a divide a rule system, putting administrative borders through the middle of ethnic and religious group. In doing so they reduced the power of those groups. However, they also sowed the seeds of many of today's conflicts. Going off topic but the current crisis with the ISIS in Iraq and Siria and with the Kurds in Iraq, Iran and Turkey, is a prime example of this.
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comment Who was responsible for the partition of India?
@R11G, the question detail were edited after this answer was posted. To answer your question, everyone involved was responsible for the division. Had any side made concessions sufficiently the division might not have happened. Though some concessions were tabled, no side was willing or politically empowered to go far enough so as to prevent the division.
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comment Are modern handguns a major reason for democratization?
@called2voyage Nay, I will say that in all the events mentioned, firearms played just as much a role in preventing and delaying democracy as the did in supporting. The US government might be supported by an army, but so too is that of the DPRK. Dictators, Fascists, Communists, Anarchist and other such non-democratic powers have all come to power via the gun.
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comment Are modern handguns a major reason for democratization?
@called2voyage what popycock. I think you'll find that in all the events mentioned, shoes and socks played a supporting role assisting democracy.
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comment How did the conquering Mongols and Manchus of China end up becoming part of China?
This is fiction.
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