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The creative society by Lars Tvede

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WHY ONLYTHE WEST?

If it seems surprising how quickly the Europeans managed to conquer most of the world, it may, at first sight, seem even more strange that China and the Islamic nations did not come first, or at least came along simultaneously. This is actually an important part of the story, because it demonstrates, yet again, how creative societies can commit suicide like the Roman Empire did.

Let’s take the Islamosphere first. The Islamic world was, for a long while, very successful. Just four years after the death of Muhammad in 632, Muslim armies conquered Syria, and they took Jerusalem two years after that and then Alexandria in Egypt ...

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