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China seems to have had a different development, not having lost its empire in the "dark ages" of the late first millennium

Hm, I wonder about that. The Han Dynasty empire fell apart around AD 191, and wasn't re-unified until 581, although several rulers of the statelets in-between dreamed of it. In Europe, that dream existed, too, and Charlemagne came close.

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

by DoDo on Thu May 16th, 2013 at 09:33:58 AM EST
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