Smouldering Stoat wrote:
None of these attempts have been successful.
So at the end of the day, there's not much really to learn from them!
Despite being large, ethnically-diverse and in many respects somewhat cobbled-together, the US is one of the world's most stable countries.
it is, indeed, and likely to become even more so.
Yugoslavia fell apart but Germany was reunited.
The situation with Germany was rather different to the others.
And looser groupings of states can survive for considerable periods:
Indeed they can, and the European Economic Community would likely have survived and been very successful if the clowns in Brussels hadn't turned it into a political entity and made such a hash of it.
It is (genuinely) a pity you have not studied more history. It would have given you a much broader view.
And the things I did study (Languages and Science/Engineering) and extensive travel provided me with an excellent basis for a successful and interesting career and greatly broadened my knowledge and views on a whole raft of subjects and issues. History would never have done that for me, as I simply wasn't interested in ancient history, which was what the contemporaneous school curricula seemed to concentrate on.
When I see the TV programmes about the folk living Alaska being so adept at adaptation, improvisation and repurposing items, I see myself being a bit similar in my thought processes to them. In any event, the skills my family and I have learned and developed have enabled my family to enjoy a better and more satisfying life than any of us would have had without those skills.