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I am an English teacher, born in Scotland but I have been living in China since 2006. In my spare time I build websites and write articles about China. I am also a keen travel photographer and contributor to Getty Images stock library.


Aug
9
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.
Aug
9
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.
Mar
29
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
20
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.
Mar
20
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.
Mar
17
awarded  Good Answer
Oct
21
awarded  Custodian
Oct
21
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Why has the name “Persian Gulf” changed to “Arabian Gulf” or “The Gulf” in some of medias recently?
Oct
21
comment How did the conquering Mongols and Manchus of China end up becoming part of China?
This is fiction.
Oct
12
awarded  Yearling
Jul
18
comment How strong is the current theory of the beginnings of Chinese writing?
As accurate as any other date for any other ancient culture. No, we can't be 100% certain they are correct but we have nothing else.
Jul
17
comment How strong is the current theory of the beginnings of Chinese writing?
There are no dates given. There are events, eras and reigns. You can only determine the actual date indirectly.
Jul
17
comment How strong is the current theory of the beginnings of Chinese writing?
They didn't date their documents in a style that you would understand as a date until relatively recent times. After European influence they retroactively imposed a system of continuous dating but not in a consistent way. For example, there is no consensus on the epoch. However, such does not matter as the Chinese calendar is not used to measure history but rather to calculate astrological events.
Jul
16
revised How strong is the current theory of the beginnings of Chinese writing?
expand answer to cover comments
Jul
16
comment How strong is the current theory of the beginnings of Chinese writing?
There is no historical documentation that far back. That would be an oxymoron. How could you have a document that pre-dates the first writing.
Jul
16
revised How strong is the current theory of the beginnings of Chinese writing?
typos
Jul
15
answered How strong is the current theory of the beginnings of Chinese writing?
Jun
28
answered Why did Canada, Australia and New Zealand separate from UK?
Jun
27
answered Great Wall of China Controversy
Jun
25
comment Great Wall of China Controversy
Can you reference the stories/articles you are commenting on? Particularly the 2009 announcement and the 2012 announcement.