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Systematic destruction of the Ottoman empire throughout Mediterranean Europe (e.g. "classical" Greece) and Africa (e.g. all of "North Africa") describes concisely the impetus of "shared history"

Being repeatedly at war with each other doesn't mean countries do not share a common history, culture and even economy: European kingdoms have been at war for centuries. By the way, the Ottoman empire was seen as a European state until its end: during the XIXth century, it was nicknamed "the sick man of Europe". Political and military alliances were made with it (by France and the Republic of Venice, for example) and there was a huge volume of trade with it throughout its history.

"Ce qui vient au monde pour ne rien troubler ne mérite ni égards ni patience." René Char

by Melanchthon on Tue Aug 24th, 2010 at 11:28:18 AM EST
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Yes! I noticed. It's a chronically ironic condition of European relations to peoples around the world implies... war.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 24th, 2010 at 11:56:05 AM EST
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Unlike the rest of the world, which always lived in peace.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Aug 24th, 2010 at 11:57:40 AM EST
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There is no peace. There is just war.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 24th, 2010 at 12:36:28 PM EST
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Don't you know that war was invented by Europeans and that they forced other civilisations to adopt their war culture?

"Ce qui vient au monde pour ne rien troubler ne mérite ni égards ni patience." René Char
by Melanchthon on Tue Aug 24th, 2010 at 12:53:16 PM EST
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The Cheyenne might dispute the assertion that Europe invented war. But they did fail in persuading others to adopt war as a social reference ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Aug 24th, 2010 at 01:08:26 PM EST
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