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the lesson traditionally drawn here is that fierce communal/localistic rivalries = constant warfare, treachery, division = general political weakness = foreign armies = foreign and/or autocratic domination = oppression, exploitation and impoverishment = decline and backwardness.

I think that is a widespread myth among all nationalisms looking back at remembewred periods of hisotircal division and foreign and/or autocratic domination, though with differing weight.

By the way, Umberto Eco, the way I read Baudolino, thinks that it was just these divisions that prevented Barbarossa from truly subduing Northern Italy: it made the territory ungovernable.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Dec 7th, 2006 at 03:53:20 PM EST
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