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历史的乱炖
历史太大,内容太多,一时不知从何讲起,就先来一碗乱炖,作为开篇吧。 一、人类的文明起点 言中国史,必以汉唐为骄傲,说西洋史,必云希腊罗马如何如何,所谓“光荣属于希腊,伟大属于罗马”。 说大汉,必云匈奴,言盛唐,岂能避开突厥?希腊再光荣,能不提马其顿?罗马再牛逼,也免不了北方蛮族的侵袭。

雅斯贝尔斯(1949年出版的《历史的起源与目标》)指出:公元前500年左右特别关键,因为人类精神的基础在那时奠定了,而且是同时、独立地在中国、印度、波斯、巴勒斯坦和希腊开始奠定(公元前800至公元前200年之间),这是人类文明精神的重大突破时期,因此叫做轴心时代,人类文明的轴心时代。

凯撒的侄子屋大维

罗马人不但控制生育,而且还杀婴,再加上连年的战争,人口不断递减,只能接受蛮族的大量迁入,令人口组成发生改变,进而影响了整个政治和社会结构。

博望侯张骞所开辟的,李希霍芬所命名的SILK ROAD。

伤寒,是伤寒,不是伤感。

彭慕兰就牛在了反其道而行之,他的发问是英格兰为什么没有成为江南?事实上,18世纪的英格兰无论在人口增长、劳动生产率、土地单位面积产量、生态压力、能源供应方面,面临比中国更大的压力。

英国的煤特好,水灵灵的,而山西的煤特别干。那又如何呢?估计很多朋友不理解,英国的煤很水,有啥好的,山西的煤都是干货,岂不美哉,烧起来多旺啊!是的,英国的煤很水,所在在开采时就需要不断抽水,这就促使了蒸汽机的发明。而山西的煤很干燥,常常会发生煤层自燃,这就需要通风技术来解决。

原来,就是中国煤炭的位置没放好,而且都是干货,这能怪谁呢?要怪就怪亿万年前,那些植物,你们为什么要埋在山西、还要干埋呢?青山处处埋忠骨,何不江南变煤炭。是啊,江南很不走运,经济就内卷化了,停滞不前了。
china  europe  comparison  narrative  history  humor  coal  england  modernization 
may 2018 by aries1988
Japan's Endless Search for Modernity - The Atlantic
The government captured religion, creating a centralized State-Shinto apparatus that glorified the emperor and subordinated his subjects to a mission civilisatrice that pulled the rest of Asia into a Japanese-dominated modernity.
summary  japan  history  modernization 
january 2018 by aries1988
The Interpreter Thursday, October 12, 2017
Rapid modernization means more than rising incomes. It means rural-to-urban migration, population density and shifting social hierarchies. This changes how society and politics work. Of course, most countries manage to modernize without committing atrocities. But in countries already predisposed to sectarian conflict, modernization can trigger terrible violence.

Economic change disrupts how people organize themselves socially and therefore relate to one another. Identity becomes more salient as people search for new ways to root themselves. This means that contradictions or faultlines in identity — for example, between Myanmar’s ethnic majority and the minority Rohingya, long seen as outsiders — become more salient as well.

As we wrote earlier in the week, this is not to say that the people of Myanmar are inherently predisposed to sectarian conflict or were unready for modernization. Rather, these developments reflect the weakness of institutions, as well as political and social norms, that are meant to safeguard societies through turbulence. When they are not up to that task, as in Myanmar, the consequences can be severe.
modernization  society  ethnic  economy  banyan  crisis  2017 
october 2017 by aries1988

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