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Old July 27th, 2009, 01:46 PM   #1
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Is there ever a completely benign civilization in history?


Basically all that I've learned about history has only confirmed my views about history and about empire building. A lot of conflict in history is unnecessary and the changes that happen seem to rely on violence when they don't need to. I'm wondering if there has ever been a completely benign civilization in history. It just seems to me that everyone is bad. I'm hoping that there is something that would prove my bias wrong.
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Old July 27th, 2009, 01:56 PM   #2
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Re: Is there ever a completely benign civilization in history?


Well I don't know if there has ever been one. I think you could look at Canada per-say, but that isn't overly a civilization, although the treatment of aboriginals could come into play. I am unsure of how Russia got its territory though I wouldn't be surprised to hear violence in northern Asia. I think it is hard to find an imperial nation that didn't have to use some degree of force.
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Eskimos? Kalahari bushmen? I'm not sure you could call these cultures full-fledged civilizations, but both may have been too busy surviving in a profoundly hostile environment to spend precious resources doing that mass violence thing.
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The nox.
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Old July 27th, 2009, 07:58 PM   #5

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I think that Buddhist civilizations were quite peaceful.
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Old July 28th, 2009, 07:36 AM   #6

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I think that Buddhist civilizations were quite peaceful.
Particularly the Japanese
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Old July 28th, 2009, 12:33 PM   #7

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Not really.
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Old July 28th, 2009, 07:41 PM   #8

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There were some Pacific islanders who never engaged in any kind of violence or warfare, I think.

They were wiped out in the 1700s I believe.
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Particularly the Japanese
Pearl Harbour? 17 Massacres of China? Don't think so.
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