Wednesday, August 30, 2006


I was having a conversation with a friend today, which involved topics ranging from the recent rise of the Chinese economy, to World War II and its aftereffects, the American Civil War, and feudalism in the Middle Ages.

It reminded me of how hard it is to study history; it's a non-linear subject that we often try to fit into a one-dimensional timeline, and you can always find additonal factors that may have affected the course of events.

A thought that occurred to me during that conversation, is that history is what happens when you let human nature run amok. We all know how complicated human nature can be.


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