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    Most influential areas/countries in world history

    I love history!

    And I've been thinking lately, what are the most influential countries and/or cultural areas from a world history perspective? What do you think?

    Here are my personal top 5:

    5 Rome/Italy

    The ancient Roman Empire spread the western civilization far and wide. It's state originated a form of government that is still, in modified shape, in use all over the world today. Later on in the history of Italy, the country originated the renaissance, which reintroduced classical knowledge to the west and thus laid the foundation for secular humanist thought as well as, ultimately, the scientific revolution.

    4 China

    Chinese civilization has had an impact on Asia to the same extent that greek civilization has had an impact on the west. In terms of culture, places like Japan and Korea owes theirs to the chinese. China is also responsible for several history-changing inventions, such as gun powder and paper.

    3 Great Brittain

    Not even mentioning it's cultural contributions, Great Brittain originated the industrial revolution, thus ushering all of humanity into a new (and, at least in some ways, better) era.

    2 Greece

    The cradle of western civilization. The west ultimately derives it's philosophy, artistic sensibilities and basic thirst for empirical knowledge from ancient Greece. And I probably don't need to tell anyone just how unimaginably impactful western civilization has been on the world at large, especially over the past few hundred years.

    1 Mesopotamia

    As significant as western civilization is, there is one that stands above it in importance: the Mesopotamian. Mostly situated in the part of the world currently known as Iraq (also Kuwait, Syria, Turkey and Iran), this was the first civilization to arise. This is where agriculture developed, forever altering the course of humanity by turning most of us from hunter-gatherers to setteled farmers. It also originated such basic components of civilization as cities, taxes, the written language, and the wheel.

    What are you'r thoughts?😀

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    Seems like a cheap opportunity for English and American people to boast about how great they are

    Not that Ireland/The Republic of Ireland is the greatest country ever either, it so cringe worthy when Irish people try to impose their Irishness onto people of other nationalities, when those people obviously don't give a crap bar getting drunk most St.Patrick's Days

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snorky View Post
    Seems like a cheap opportunity for English and American people to boast about how great they are
    Regarding the USA, I believe that even though it is the most influential country in post-WW2 history, if you look at it from the perspective of the entirety of world history, the county's achievements are just a bit to recent in time to be considered as influential as the earlier achievements of certain other places.

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    Canada

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    Earth's core

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    Also Kangdos, when you put GB on this list, do you really mean just England?

    Wales and NI, and to a lesser extent Scotland, have been far less influential than England in world history (and a lot less interested in colonialism!)

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