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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.


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comment Why did non-monarchic rule meet with so little success in ancient China?
@Felix Goldberg "Oligarchy...a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people. These people could be distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, education, corporate, or military control. Such states are often controlled by a few prominent families who pass their influence from one generation to the next." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oligarchy
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accepted Did war chariots ever actually have blades on the wheel hubs?
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accepted What happened to Mao Zedong's first wife?
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accepted Were there originally seats in the elevators in the Eiffel Tower?
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awarded  Scholar
Apr
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accepted Why did Canada not join the American Revolution?
Apr
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comment In current times is it impossible to win a war if the people of invaded country are determined not to lose?
The Vietnam war was lost not only because of the North Vietnamese army as you say, but also because the South was exactly like Iraq and Afghanistan. There were insurgents and the pro-USA government in the south was far from stable. When the USA pulled out, the South government fell. Same will probably happen in Iraq and Afghanistan. America needs to realise that democracy means most countries will choose governments that are different from what the USA would like. You can't impose a government on a country and claim to be creating democracy.
Mar
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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”?
@Robusto When demonstrators yell "Death to America", they are usually not shouting in English so the confusion over the name doesn't apply.
Mar
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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”?
@Jay South Americans are not Americans. South America, and Carabean are part of the Americas (drop the 'n').
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answered Since the inception of the United States, has the term “America” ever referred to something more than simply “the United States”?
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