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The Rules of History

By Kostov, Vladimir, Petrov, Ph.D.


Description
Most countries and peoples of Europe and Asia are grouped in the spheres of direct geopolitical influence of Russia, Germany, Serbia, Iraq and China. Repetition of relationship (defined by ethnic and religious proximity) between countries from these spheres are observed. Thus there are two Russian (German, Serbian, Chinese) speaking countries - Russia and Belarus (Germany and Austria, Serbia and Montenegro, China and Taiwan). The Iberian and Balkan Peninsulas exhibit similar political geography and history. Important events (e.g. World Wars) occur in couples. In American and Russian history the number 12 is crucial for its understanding (6 couples of most important wars in the former and 12 communist and post-communist rulers in the latter, the events of post-communism repeating the ones of communism). If a (post)-communist Russian leader has the same name as a former Russian tsar or prince, then a repetition of events takes place - the names Boris (Godunov) and Mikhail (Romanov) are connected with the Time of Troubles, Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin mark the perestroika, its modern version. The book is addressed to those interested in history, historical, geographical and linguistic analogies.

Summary
The book considers historical and geographical analogies, historical rules (e. g. repetition) and linguistic coincidences having relationship to history.

Excerpt
It is natural to consider the following countries as belonging or having once belonged to the zone of direct geopolitical influence of Germany: Austria, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, The Netherlands and Denmark. The reasons (except in most of the cases to be direct neighbours) are the following ones: - some of them (namely, Austria, Hungary, parts of Poland, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia and Slovenia) have belonged to the Austro- Hungarian Empire, where German was the official language; - others (France, Belgium, Denmark, Lithuania and Italy) have annexed after World War I territories peopled at least in part by ethnic Germans; these were the German territories respectively Alsace and Lorraine for France, the cantons Eupen and Malmedy for Belgium (today they constitute its German speaking linguistic zone), Northern Schleswig for Denmark, the port Memel (Klaipeda) for Lithuania; Italy has annexed the German speaking Southern Tyrol belonging up to then to Austria-Hungary; today this is one of the five Italian regions having greater autonomy than the others; - Poland has been created after World War I in part on former German and in part on former Russian territory; after World War II it has acquired other such territories – part of Pomerania, Silesia and parts of Eastern Prussia (the rest of it being today incorporated into Russia as its enclave of Königsberg/Kaliningrad and in Lithuania); - Denmark, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland have linguistic ties with Germany – Danish and Dutch belong to the German language group, the official language of Luxembourg can be qualified as a dialect of German, German is one of the official languages of Switzerland with Schwyzerdütsch as the most spoken dialect; finally, Lithuanian belongs to the group of the Baltic languages which includes also the already dead East Prussian; - some of these countries were invaded by the German army during World War I and/or II; after the Anschluss of 1938 Austria formed a common state with Germany till 1945; - the Holy Roman Empire and the Habsburg dynasty which reigned over the Austro-Hungarian Empire are another common denominator for some of these countries.

Table of Contents
Preface Chapter 1. Resemblance and correlation between words Chapter 2. Resemblances between different geographical regions Chapter 3. Resemblance between historical events Chapter 4. The five spheres of direct geopolitical influence in the Old World Chapter 5. The rules of the American history Chapter 6. The rules of the Russian history

 

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