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To: Cronos
The mandarin-induced collapse of China's admiralty also opened the door for the Portuguese.

By 1500, the only remnant of China's big-junk, ocean-going navy was a stone junk in the imperial palace grounds. Ostensibly a tribute to China's glorious navy, it was instead an inside joke, a self-congratulatory trophy put up by the mandarins to celebrate their political-infighting victory over the admirals.

It's still there -- saw it in the travelogue footage broadcast during the Olympics last summer.

50 posted on 05/26/2009 5:01:38 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus
By 1500, the only remnant of China's big-junk, ocean-going navy was a stone junk in the imperial palace grounds. Ostensibly a tribute to China's glorious navy, it was instead an inside joke, a self-congratulatory trophy put up by the mandarins to celebrate their political-infighting victory over the admirals

EXACTLY! Both China (Mandarins) and India (Brahmins) shot themselves in the foot by trying to keep knowledge with a specific class. The Chinese lost it in the 1400s, while India lost it in the 6th century.
55 posted on 05/26/2009 5:35:15 AM PDT by Cronos (Ceterum censeo, Mecca et Medina delendae sunt)
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