The Decline of Imperial China c. Introduction The 's were not kind to China. Whereas geographic and technological limitations had once kept China fairly isolated from the rest of the world, other forces, in particular the Industrial Revolution then sweeping Europe and America, were closing in to wrench China out of its self-imposed isolation. The Opium War and its aftermath In the early 's, China, by its own design, was still largely cut off from trade with the outside world.
Share11 Shares 2K So often we publish lists that praise events in human history — tales of victory over diseases, disastrous situations, and the like.
But alas, history is also replete with events that we must remember so as to not repeat them, but we wish had never happened. This list looks at ten of the worst moments in history when man showed that he can act with utter contempt for the rest of man. Child rape and molestation are, in the common view, possibly the vilest, most despicable sin and felonies a person can commit, precisely because there can be no excuse for it.
Add to that the sin of homosexuality we speak here in terms of Christianityand it seems an impossible situation for a child ever to be found in. Priests ought to understand these sins better than most people, and in Roman-Catholic cultures all over the world, parents highly revere priests as authority figures, second fathers to their children, and excellent teachers of morality.
The Catholic Church held meetings in the s concerning sexual abuse of minors by priests, and yet, apparently nothing was done to prevent the growing disaster.
Those people known to have a history of committing sexual abuse against others were knowingly ordained and sent to priestly duties all over the world, not just in the United States, but in England, Ireland, Canada, Belgium, the Philippines, and many other nations. Whether it is irreparable depends on how long a consecutive series of superlative Popes the Catholic Church can elect, beginning with John Paul II.
There are generally two causes blamed for it: This entry is quite similar to 6 and 3. Mao intended to turn China from an agrarian economy into a modern, urbanized, industrial giant on par with the U.
But forcing his Great Leap Forward on the Chinese countryside led to nationwide crop shortages. Then the Yellow River flooded indrowning or starving 2 million. The famine became so intolerable that in some areas, people resorted to canniablism.
Millions were tortured to death for the crime of stealing food to feed their families. One man, Liu Desheng, was found to have stolen a sweet potato, and he and his wife and son were urinated on, then forced to eat large gulps of human feces.
They both died within weeks. Mao is on record as having told his officers that there would be many deaths due to his Great Leap Forward, but that in the end, they would serve a greater good.
The famine only ended when the weather improved in These have happened many times in the past.
The extinction of the dinosaurs is believed to have been caused most directly by a comet or asteroid impact. That event was nothing compared to the Permian-Triassic extinction, which may have been caused by a Gamma Ray Burst.
What has happened to plant and animal species while modern man has been on Earth pales in the shadow of these two events, and yet humanity in general is doing terribly little to maintain critically endangered species.
Anything with fur qualifies, and we have many tastes in what animals are beautiful. The tiger is magnificent. In there were only breeding Siberian tigers in the Russian wild. There are well over 10, in captive breeding programs around the world: Tiger penis is considered the ultimate aphrodisiac in some places in China.
These magnificent animals are being killed, illegally and at extreme personal risk, for money and sexual gratification. Inthe Western Black Rhinoceros was declared officially extinct.History is the “know thyself” of humanity — the self-consciousness of mankind. — Johann Gustav Droysen The history of thought, and therefore all history, is the re-enactment of past thought in the historian’s own mind.
The British made the city their main political and military base of operations in North America, holding it until late Patriot evacuation and British military occupation made the city the destination for Loyalist refugees, and a .
Faisal’s Arab nationalists, concentrated mainly in Damascus and loath to acknowledge that the British Army had broken their Ottoman shackles, embraced the fanciful narrative of self-liberation.
It was a narrative bolstered by mock media events featuring bouncing Hejazis whipping their camels down Damascus boulevards, anonymous and . The British East India Company, desperate for something to offset this trade imbalance, found such a commodity in opium, which not only upset China's balance of trade, but the stability of its whole society.
Throughout the course of history the United States has lived under two Constitutions since the British-American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain in First in line was the Articles of Confederation () followed by the Constitution of United States of America (present).
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