Turkish Op-Ed: Imperialism

“No economically or militarily strong nation in history has ever been content to stay inside its original territorial boundaries. Fifteenth-century China’s exception to this rule is technical, because its fleets had gone all the way to the east coast of Africa before the Ming dynasty decided that its clear superiority made any further excursions unnecessary. Long before this, Old Kingdom Egypt had raided and occupied Nubia, Akkad had expanded outward to rule and penetrate the cultures of the rest of the Mesopotamian city-states, and the Hittite Empire had gone to Cyprus.”

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