1. Ancient: "As old as Methuselah."
  2. Classic: "He could boast that he inherited it brick and left it marble." -Suetonius
  3. Medieval: He made safe his castle that was upon a high hill, and he gathered in his flocks. — Ferdowsi, Shahnameh
  4. Gunpowder:
    "Valour has been lost whence guns were invented;
    The curved blade in its holster shall rust."

— traditional Turkish ballad

  1. Enlightenment: "He who perceives, has knowledge thereby ." -Anselm of Cantebury, 12th century bishop
  2. Industrial: "A man ain't nothin' but a man, / And before I'll let your steam drill beat me down, / I'll die with the hammer in my hand." —Anonymous: The Ballad of John Henry, the Steel-Drivin' Man
  3. Modern: He abhorred plastics, Picasso, sunbathing and jazz — everything in fact that had happened in his own lifetime. - Evelyn Waugh
  4. Information: "We will bring out for them a creature made of Earthly material which will tell them that the people have been uncertain regarding Our revelations." - Qur'an (27:82)


  1. Barter: "In the state of nature, Profit is the measure of Right." —Thomas Hobbes
  2. Coinage: “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.” - Revelations, 6:6
  3. Caravan: "A journey of many miles begins with a single step." -Taoist saying
  4. Mercantilism: "Better to be cheated by the price than by the merchandise." -Baltasar Gracián, 17th century Spanish priest and author
  5. Finance: Every penny gives the right vote. — Ludwig von Mises
  6. Assembly line: Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black. - Henry Ford
  7. Globalisation: "Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together." - Woordrow Wilson
  8. Global prosperity: "Wealth, the most excellent of all gods" — Aristophanes


  1. City state: "The very first birthright of a people is national dignity." —Camilio Benso di Cavour, 19th century Italian statesman
  2. Empire: "Empire may be gained by gold, not gold by empire." — Plutarch
  3. Feudalism: "When feudal lords love one another there will be no more war; when heads of houses love one another there will be no more mutual usurpation." —Mo Zi, late Zhou dynasty philosopher
  4. Divine right: "Must is not a word to be used to princes!" —Elizabeth I Stuart
  5. Constitution: "Wrong no man by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty." —Thomas Stonewall Jackson
  6. Great power: "For my part I prefer fifty thousand rifles to five million votes." - Benito Mussolini
  7. International Law: "Even an act conforming to honour and honesty can end up, at the end of the line, as a good political decision." - Charles de Gaulle
  8. World government: "The empires of the future will be empires of the mind." —Winston Churchill


  1. Art of War: "I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty." —John Adams, 18th century American statesman and revolutionary
  2. Mercenaries: "What power has law where only money rules?" — Petronius
  3. Standing army: "If you seek peace, then prepare for war." — Flavius Vegetius Renatus
  4. Conscription: "Go now through all the tribes of Israel and number the people, that I may know their number."—2 Samuel (24:2)
  5. Levy en masse: "Dear to friends and food for powder / soldiers marching on to die." —Alfred Edward Housman, On the Idle hill of Summer
  6. Nation in arms: "And we’ll fight them with the butt ends of broken beer bottles because that's bloody well all we've got!" - attr Winston Churchill
  7. Selective service: "Everywhere everything is ordered to stand by, to be immediately at hand, indeed to stand there just so that it may be on call for a further ordering." - Martin Heidegger
  8. Missile shield: "No army can be considered highly organised unless it can find its enemy, hit him, and protect itself from being hit." — J F C Fuller


  1. Written word: "What means all of this?" — Marcus Aurelius
  2. Mathematics: "Frankly, I see nothing but scientific extravagance in all these calculations." —Frederick "Alte Fritz" II of Prussia, letter to Voltaire
  3. chemistry: "All substances are poisons; there is none which is not a poison." - Paracelsus
  4. Natural law: "Nature, the vicar of the Almighty Lord." -Geoffrey Chaucer
  5. electricity: "Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does all the work." -Mark Twain
  6. electronics: "One can prophesy with a Daniel's confidence that skilled electricians will settle the battles of the near future." —Nikola Tesla
  7. computerisation: "An Old Testament god with a lot of rules and no mercy." - Joseph Campbell
  8. AI: "Suppose now that technology were no mere means, how would it stand with the will to master it?" - Martin Heidegger

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