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...So, if you've read all the above, a few things might be apparent when you compare the sad story of Vietnam's takedown with the world of today. I will list the points I feel are relevant. Please feel free to brainstorm and add your own...
One of the best, if not the best thread, I've seen all day. Excellent!edit on bSun, 09 Mar 2014 00:16:56 -0600am67America/Chicago3amSunday09America/Chicago by brazenalderpadrescorpio because: (no reason given)
Very informative post. Thank you.
Let me play devil's advocate on it. Could one not see the same influences, and therefore changes, occur in any nation?
If change is inevitable, especially with exposure to new/different cultures and concepts, then is it more realistic to look at the people and culture in how they accept or absorb or reject that change?
A culture whose people is alert, informed and thinks about these "changes" and their potential downsides are more likely to screen or filter those influences.
..."We are bringing progress to primitive, backwards people."
The French could point to gleaming new roads and canals, as well as modern buildings and other features, and claim that they were bringing new prosperity and development to Vietnam. Of course, these modern conveniences only benefitted a very few, and the French occupation made the vast majority of Vietnamese far poorer and more miserable than they had been before...
The term Holodomor refers specifically to the brutal artificial famine imposed by Stalin's regime on Soviet Ukraine and primarily ethnically Ukrainian areas in the Northern Caucasus in 1932-33.
1.5 million Ukrainians fall victim to Stalin's "dekulakization" policies, Over the extended period of collectivization, armed dekulakization brigades forcibly confiscate land, livestock and other property, and evict entire families. Close to half a million individuals in Ukraine are dragged from their homes, packed into freight trains, and shipped to remote, uninhabited areas such as Siberia where they are left, often without food or shelter. A great many, especially children, die in transit or soon thereafter.
The Irish potato famine was not simply a natural disaster. It was a product of social causes. Under British rule, Irish Catholics were prohibited from entering the professions or even purchasing land. Instead, many rented small plots of land from absentee British Protestant landlords. Half of all landholdings were less than 5 acres in 1845.
....First, the French (acting through the puppet-run imperial Court, now a shadow of its former glory) jacked up taxes on the Vietnamese peasantry. They also had the central government establish a monopoly on salt, alcohol, and opium. With the taxes and monopoly, prices for necessities soared as much as 600%, forcing huge numbers of peasants into bankruptcy and ruin....