George Chen
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Did the ancients or other pre-industrial civilisations engage in unsustainable practices?
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The Loess Plateau was flat and densely wooded as recent as less than 2000 years ago. The massive deforestation and the resulting soil erosion was entirely caused by human activities. Nowadays the ...

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What unique personal experiences contributed to the formation of Mao's brand of Communism?
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Good question although I think an anthropologist could raise better ones. Mao was exposed to nationalist propaganda, learned China's humiliation in the hands of foreign powers when he was a teen, and ...

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What is the name of the theory opposite to the Great Man theory?
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The opposite view holds that extra-human dynamics govern the courses of events. This is a recurring theme of Tolstoy's War and Peace, a fundamental principle of Marx's dialectical materialism; it is ...

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Why didn't the Greeks or Romans have an Industrial Revolution?
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Because Greek intellectual giants failed to reproduce themselves, and thus died out. The following is a quote by Bertrand Russell: The industrial revolution might have taken place in antiquity if ...

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What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
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Supreme energy and intelligence. The best way to gauge a people's energy and intelligence is by looking at their intellectual achievements, not by testing what's-so-called IQ. One glimpse of art, ...

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Did Mao Zedong and Chinese communists collude with the Japanese during the Sino-Japanese War?
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Just by looking at the sequence of events you can ballpark whether the CPC was anti-Japan or was playing a part in the Romance of Three Kingdoms. January 28 - March 02, 1932. Shanghai incident. KMT ...

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