dfitzo53 Posted July 20, 2006 Share Posted July 20, 2006 I agree with this assessment, and I would add that another thing that makes America truly unique is our high level of immigration. There has never been a major power where essentially the entire population migrated from elsewhere basically since the nation's birth. Our strength is in the fact that rather than taking over territory and trying to assimilate people into our empire, we welcome people into our territory who can assimilate within our culture much more easily than the far-flung reaches of the Roman Empire. In this way, we get the renewed vigor of an expanding empire without all the administrative problems of rebellious provinces. This is a very astute point. Although there are varying degrees of commitment and patriotism from the American public, no one is forced to be an American against their will. People come here because they want to. To be fair though, many of the great empires in history, such as the Roman Empire in its heyday and the Persian Empire under Darius and Xerxes weren't bad places to live. People assimilated fairly easily in a sense because they were allowed to keep their local customs and religion, and persecution was generally low. As far as the average Joe was concerned, the only difference was that the governor was now Persian instead of Turkish. Life went on much as it always had. (There were exceptions, as with uprisings in Jewish territories, where they refused to acknowledge the Roman emperor as a god.) The main difference is that inhabitants of those territories never considered themselves to be Roman. They were from Lugdunum, Gades, Carthage, Antioch, Constantinople or Athens, not the Roman Empire. We all consider ourselves to be Americans, not Germans, Slavs, Chinese or Balinese. (Although we used to call ourselves Virginians, Georgians or the like in the early days of the Union rather than Americans.) DjTj, it's entirely likely that we said the same thing and I agree with you. I'm just adding my two cents. While I disagreed with the premise on which the thread was based, it has turned out to be a particularly interesting discussion. Kudos to all. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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