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Old November 19th, 2012, 05:30 AM   #701

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The Romans, the Arabs, the French, the Americans. I'm talking about ideas and influence here, rather than military power or who controlled what on the world map. I pick these nations because of Christianity, Islam, and the ideals of the French and American revolutions that have taken root in every country worldwide. These cover the dominant religions of the world and the dominant political ideologies.
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Old November 19th, 2012, 06:04 AM   #702

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whichever tribes started the [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Migration_Period"]the great migration[/ame]. if this ain't influential, then i dont know what is
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Old November 19th, 2012, 06:20 AM   #703
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The Greeks and Romans laid down much of what is now Western Culture

The Spanish created the first Western modern empire - the fastest growing Western language

The French established many of the modern conventions of government and diplomacy

The British established what is now the world language: English and much of the business practices worldwide

The Chinese will be the next dominant force in the world
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Old November 20th, 2012, 02:12 AM   #704

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I'd say the two most influential historically are Rome and China.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 10:21 AM   #705

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Rome.2nd great britain which is in many aspect rome's successor for without rome no britain in the same sense.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 10:31 AM   #706

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Originally Posted by Aulus Plautius View Post
Why is it Renaissance Italy is never mentioned on these lists?
It was what I was wondering too.
Italy brought many discoveries in the art of warfare,art,literature, naval technology and so on.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 10:32 AM   #707
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Rome: ,China:gunpowder,paper,etc.,India,etc!!! Greeks,etc
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Old November 20th, 2012, 10:59 AM   #708
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Originally Posted by DIVUS IVLIVS View Post
In this day and age the US.

Spot on. Like em or Hate em. And I like em. The US is on the top of the heap. Though I like Ireland for it's cultural flair and great epic mythologies as well.
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Old November 25th, 2012, 07:18 AM   #709

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Old June 8th, 2013, 04:57 PM   #710
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It's italy probably

1)Roman empire = italy nowadays


2)Columbus discovered America Continent, and the continent has the name of Americo Vespucci, another italian navigator

there are entire countries that has their name derived from something italian,

Like Venezuela(from venice), Romania (from rome)

Most languages of western world are derived from Latin, also the germanic language has a lot of latin words

Latin language = Ancient italian language

3)italy influence didnt stop (like the greece) in the ancient age, with the romans, but remain constantly since our days

For example:


Radio and telephone are inventions of italians, so italy can be considered the father of modern communications

(is not Graham Bell the inventor of the phone, but Meucci, like a tribunal of USA recognize)

First totalitarism in world was fascism, did it change the 19th century a bit?

this are just few few examples

4)What about Germany also?

Holy roman empire wasnt influential in medieval ages?

Protestant reform isnt 1 of the key to the modern age pass? and the print machine From Guthemberg?

Isnt the German wars of indipendance (aswell the italian one) the begin of the end of colonialism

didnt he influence the other independance revolutions?

Nazism didnt changed something?

Its really funny to see Spain named so often, while germay and italy no

5)So in the end this 3 are the most influencial country

Great britain



(not ordered by most imfluencial)

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