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[eBook] Free - History in 50 Events: China|America|Cuba/Common Sense/Declaration of Independence - Amazon AU/US

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Some more interesting, historical freebies for you. Unfortunately a bit confusing as to what is free or not in the different stores. All books are highly rated and free at the time of the posting.

The History of China in 50 Events: (Opium Wars - Marco Polo - Sun Tzu - Confucius - Forbidden City - Terracotta Army - Boxer Rebellion): https://www.amazon.com.au/History-China-Events-Confucius-Ter...

The History of Cuba in 50 Events: not available for free in the AU store

Common Sense: https://www.amazon.com.au/Common-Sense-AmazonClassics-Thomas...

The Declaration of Independence of The United States of America: not available for free in the AU store

US Links:

The History of China in 50 Events: (Opium Wars - Marco Polo - Sun Tzu - Confucius - Forbidden City - Terracotta Army - Boxer Rebellion): https://www.amazon.com/History-China-Events-Confucius-Terrac...

American History in 50 Events: (Battle of Yorktown, Spanish American War, Roaring Twenties, Railroad History, George Washington, Gilded Age): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019Z2SU1E

The History of Cuba in 50 Events: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DJB8044

Common Sense: not available for free in the US store

The Declaration of Independence of The United States of America: https://www.amazon.com/Declaration-Independence-United-States-America-ebook/dp/B004TQJR82

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  • +6

    John Cena will apologise for this post tomorrow…

    • +2

      Not sure if I understand this one: could you please explain this to me (even if per PM)?

    • +5
      • John Xi Na
      • +2

        More like John Chyna

    • +2

      He called Taiwan a country (which it is) and then (pathetically) apologised for doing so, so as to not upset the largest movie market in the world, China: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-26/fast-furious-9-john-c...

      • Great. Thank you everybody for clarifying. Never knew about that.

      • +2

        Taiwan is not admitted by the United Nations as a country, many companies changed their description from "countries" to "countries and regions" to avoid the issue, so they are not affected doing business in China. His apology isn't pathetic. He made a judgment about an arguable topic and then found it inappropriate. Business is business, not many are happy to trade money for political views but the other way around yes!

        The view of a common person like you and me won't have much impact, but if one day you're in his position, you'll probably do the same thing under the press of the stakeholders (cinema line, producer, actors…everyone makes money from the movie).

        • +8

          I am no Expert on the issue but as far as I know Taiwan was technically never part of China. Its landmass is something China considers part of it but when China its current state was founded Taiwan was not part of it. They were founded independently of each other.
          Just because in the past maybe (and I do not know that for sure) Taiwain's land mass was part of whatever country there was before current day China does not mean it is now.
          If we accepted that imagine the mess in the world between Pakistan and India which used to be one country, for example. Would be accept if Germany asked for parts of Poland, and the Baltic countries merely because Prussia owned that land mass once? Or if Austria asked for the majority of the Balkan countries and southern Germany because the Habsburg Empire owned those bits once?
          What about England saying they never wanted the US to leave (after all there was a war) and it is part of their country?
          I am sorry if I hurt anyone's feelings but to me personally it is clear that Taiwan is a different country and it always has been. I grew up like that and the more China tries to occupy a free nation the stronger that belief is entrenched.
          China should look at world history and its own past - any empire forged by force and fear will eventually break apart.
          See Russia, the old Chinese Empire, the British Empire, the Nazi Reich, Alexander the Great, Rome, Babylonian Empire, Persian Empire - I do not think I need to go on.
          Some will fall sooner than later but I do believe these days, if the big western countries pull together and economically retaliate any boycott, China will come to the party as without export income, problems within the country would greatly and quickly increase and the risk of internal unrest/war/revolution would significantly increase which the government would really want to avoid.
          Just my five cents. I have nothing against China per se but I am just looking at the facts. In fact, I do believe the Chinese people do deserve freedom and a better life without fear of being punished for saying or doing what the government considers the wrong thing (I do not mean committing crimes but criticising the government, peaceful protesting etc.). Also they should be given a real choice in elections.

          • +3

            @Lysander: Isn't Taiwan a part of ancient China, then conquered by the Japanese, then by the Kuomintang who ran away from the mainland?

            Let rest of other things, a fun fact is that in Taiwan's constitution, the mainland is a "conquered area" by evil communists, so technically, Taiwan admits there's only one China, and Taiwan and the mainland are one country, but shouldn't be controlled by CCP, but by Taiwan :P

            I won't benefit from whoever owns Taiwan, to me it's a fun topic to talk about but not worth arguments with my friends :) No intention to demonstrate who's right and who's wrong.

        • -4

          Taiwan is not admitted by the United Nations

          Taiwan was recognised by the UN and had a seat until 1971 when Nixon/Kissinger/Rockefeller and co decided they needed to open up the Chinese market to Western capital penetration and made the decision (along with their voting bloc in the UN) to give Taiwan's seat to China and recognize the CCP as the only legitimate representative of China (instead of previously accepting the ROC as the official government-in-exile).

          Also, found the 50 cent shill.

          • +3

            @Gnostikos: Oh, so people can't have different views? or even being ignorant? whoever has a different view is "50 cents"? long live the democracy lol. You're what you against.

            • -2

              @phoenixpan:

              or even being ignorant?

              There's ignorant and then there's your post having more red flags than the opening ceremony of China at the Beijing Olympics.

              not many are happy to trade money for political views but the other way around yes!

              The irony.

              The West needed China to become the world's factory so Fortune 500 multinationals could outsource their expensive, local manufacturing bases and reap ridiculous profits off the backs of slave labour (among many, many other reasons they wanted to open up China's capital/labour markets to the rest of the world). To do so, China needed official recognition from the UN and G20 member countries, hence Taiwan was thrown under the bus in 1971 in the name of corporate profits. End of story.

              • +2

                @Gnostikos: Red flags…you're a Gestapo? take it easy, dude.

                It's ok, no need to play the identity game, I am not interested in arguing, feel free to disagree but no need to label me and attack me. People have the right to believe whatever they want to believe, I respect every option, yours as well.

                • @phoenixpan: Just for your information, Gestapo had nothing to do with red flags as it was not Soviet but German. ;-)

                  • @Lysander: I think you know that's just an analogy…

                    Making me feel a German secret police just identified me as a communist, "Yeah he must be one of them, go get him!".

              • @Gnostikos:

                hence Taiwan was thrown under the bus in 1971 in the name of corporate profits. End of story.

                When you say 'end of story', do you really mean 'end of me willing to listen'?
                The anti-capitalist slant ruins whatever message you were trying to impart. Whatever the side effects of that decision, opening China up lifted hundreds of million of people out of poverty, people that at that time were starving to death (the typical result of communism). Taiwan also benefited immensely. So sure it's not all good, but it's not all bad either.

          • +3

            @Gnostikos: guess what's the official name of Taiwan? Republic of China lol. So basically Taiwan is just another China, but never has been part of the current China we are talking about here.

            • +4

              @CharityCase: Technically PRC (the CCP China) and ROC (Taiwan) are still in the civil war. The previous government of KMT was kicked out from the mainland because they were so corrupt

        • I appreciate the point of your post is to explain that sometimes people will backpedal when it affects their products going to market.

          But I think you would do well to clarify whether you are sympathetic to one side of the argument more than another. You seem somewhat ambivalent, which comes off like tacit support for tiptoeing around China. And that might not be your intention.

          • +1

            @ozbjunkie: Yeah, I figured so. Thanks for pointing out mate.

            It surprises me to see so many people are unhappy about any positive opinions about China. And what I was saying was not even positive opinions…just facts on Wiki…and the business concern (which is actually the key point) was totally ignored by the repliers. So I feel I'd better don't say anything anymore.

            • +1

              @phoenixpan: No no, speak up. It's not like we live in China! Lelelelel.

              Heaps of good things about China, a rich history, fascinating martial arts, interesting philosophy, but thats China the country of people, not China the sabre-rattling state which seems not to play well with others. That is a very naughty China.

              • +2

                @ozbjunkie: Exactly what I mean lol, I hope everything will eventually work out nicely.

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