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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

The Divided House of the West

The Western Roman Empire has impacted the culture of the West European nations; the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire), which outlasted its Western counterpart by more than a thousand years, and fell to the Ottomans in the fifteenth century, has impacted the culture of Russia and the Russian block of East European nations. The United States is a unique case as it is impacted by the political innovations of the inheritors of the Western Roman Empire (classical liberal, expansionist, and socialist) and the cultural values of the inheritors of the Eastern Roman Empire (orthodox, insular, and feudal). The political discontent within the societies of Europe and the USA can be analyzed through the prism of the intellectual and cultural feuds which prevented the Western and Eastern Roman Empires from cooperating with each other.

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