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Old 12-13-2011, 10:07 PM
Sulla the Dictator Sulla the Dictator is offline
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Default Re: Modern capitalist China?

Originally Posted by Florian View Post
Problematic for whom? Not for me, or for most French people.
That's not what I've read. Paris is responsible for most French radicalism.

As for what modern French think, I can't speak to it. Historical Frenchmen had objections to the outsized role of Paris in French politics, though.

No one disputes that Britain was the economic powerhouse of Europe throughout the 19th century. It was also by most accounts a pretty awful place (It still is, imo). Why France lagged behind Britain in industrialization is, I suppose, a question that torments some French historians. Not me. I was simply responding to your claim that free trade is the motor of capitalism.
Free trade certainly was the motor of Britain, which you agree was the powerhouse of Europe.
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