P.S. ADDENDUM AD INFINITUM SECULA SECULORUM ETCETRA!

Subject: 
P.S. ADDENDUM AD INFINITUM SECULA SECULORUM ETCETRA!
Posted By: 
CliffMickelson
Date: 
Saturday, December 24, 2005 06:30 pm

PS:

It is also germane to note that the use of a \"defacto\" mercenary force, (The Manchurian legions) was the only thing that saved the Chinese Communist party from destruction during the Tienamen Square coup attempt. So...I suppose we need to read between the lines here, eh?

-CliffMickelson

PPS: We can see the results and the social effects upon national liberty and Republican institutions wrought by the use of Mercenaries by simply lending a quick glance at the fate of the State of Carthage in the first and second Punic wars. A study of the miserable affairs of the Sicilian campaigns against the Greek city states of Magna Grecia in the 3rd century BC. are also most educational.

Even MORE instructive is an examination of the social corruption that was self inflicted by the city States of Italy during the Middle ages.

In particular I recommend an overview of Florence, Genoa, and Milan.

Curiously, the Papal States are for the most part an exception to the rule.