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Pendulum: How Past Generations Shape Our Present and Predict Our Future by Michael Drew, Roy Williams

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CHAPTER NINE

Three Thousand Years of “We” and the Origin of Western Society

The saying, “The sun never sets on the British Empire” was true as recently as 1937, when tiny England did, in fact, still have colonies in each of the world’s twenty-four time zones. The British explored, conquered, and ruled much of the world for many years. But what made them believe they could do it?

For the first thousand years after Christ, Greece and Rome were the only nations that told stories of heroes and champions. England was just a dreary little island of rejects, cast-offs, barbarians, and losers. So who inspired tiny, foggy England to rise up and take over ...

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