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This is seriously wrong fact-wise, too.
  • Earlier empires weren't any less soft-touch and didn't mind genocides, if only as warning to others. The Mongols 'excelled' in parts of Jin China, Western Xia, Persia (where whole cities of up to one million inhabitants were slaughtered), parts of the Kievian Rus, and of course Baghdad. A memorable episode of the unification of Qin China was the 260 BC Battle of Changping, when the Qin army massacred the entire 400,000-strong surrendered army of Zhao state (note that late Warring States period armies were de-facto conscripted national armies). Rome had the destruction of Carthago, the conquest of Gallia (Caesar himself wrote of butchering one million of whom most were civilians), the putdown of the Great Jewish Revolt and the Bar Kochba Revolt.  Etc. etc.
  • Meanwhile, the modern European colonial empires did not usually result in mass exterminations, either. India, Indochina, Russia's eastward expansion was taken without large-scale butchering, and so was most of Africa (Kongo wasn't the model but the extreme). The Americas and Australia are special cases due to the effectiveness of diseases (though there was the Black Death, too) and the level of the techno-cultural gap.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue May 14th, 2013 at 03:23:14 PM EST
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