What an Amazing World!

When I learned history at school, there was one particular maxim that was repeatedly mentioned in various topics on the histories of nations around the world. Familiarized by Julius Caesar as the strategy used by the Roman Empire to conquer other nations, it was later also inspired Napoleon to create the powerful French Empire. Divide et impera (divide and rule) had been utilized by great leaders in history to build empires which straddled throughout vast regions.

Centuries after the decline of the Roman and French powers, the very same principle was used by modern powers to make their own conquests across the globe. The Dutch was one of them. Venturing far beyond their known world, they set foot at regions and islands as far as Asia and the Americas.

In the other hand, when European classical powers had declined and been replaced by smaller states, powerful kingdoms elsewhere in the…

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