The History Of Border Walls: Do They Work?

The History Of Border Walls: Do They Work? by: Daniel Jennings for Off the Grid News

TDC Note – Ask the Pope or any of the other pedophiles, I mean priest, that have lived behind this wall for hundreds of years.

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The history of border walls demonstrates that President Trump has made a bold move with his government shutdown strategy. In fact, the history of border walls shows that such barriers have achieved both great success and spectacular failure depending on the situation.

Historically, a wide variety of governments ranging from Romans to Communists built border walls. However, the overall history of border walls reveals that such structures only work under certain conditions.

As shocking as it may seem, border walls do often work against the threats governments design them to stop. Notwithstanding, border walls rarely keep out greater threats that leaders do not expect.

 

The History Of Border Walls Shows When Walls Work: The Great Wall Of China

The biggest, most famous, and most successful border wall in history is the Great Wall of China. Notably, the Great Wall is over 5,500 miles long and 28 centuries old.

In particular, the Great Wall helped preserve China as the world’s oldest and most successful nation. For example, the Great Wall kept out some invaders and allowed China’s emperors to collect customs duties.

Significantly, the Ming Dynasty (1388-1644) built the current Great Wall. The current wall was partially successful because it kept out central Asian invaders such as the Mongols. Nevertheless, the Wall did not stop the Manchus, a northern Chinese people, from conquering China and setting up the Qin Dynasty in 1644.

In addition, the Great Wall provided no protection from a far more dangerous group of invaders, European colonialists who arrived by ship. For instance, the Great Wall did not stop British, Indian, and French forces from sacking Beijing and looting the Imperial Palace during the Second Opium War in 1860.

As a result, the resources spent maintaining the Great Wall could have been better utilized on a Chinese Navy. Then again, it’s important to remember that a wall will never solve every security and defense issue on its own.

 

The History Of Border Walls In Roman Times

The most famous Roman wall was Hadrian’s Wall in Britain. This structure’s purpose was to contain Roman imperialism and prevent overexpansion rather than to keep invaders out. To explain, Emperor Hadrian was trying to avoid a costly Roman occupation of Scotland.

Consequently, Hadrian built a wall clear across the island of Great Britain. The idea was to protect Roman Britain from Scottish raids without occupying Scotland.

In essence, Hadrian’s Wall marks the northern boundary of Roman Britain. Furthermore, some historians believe that the purpose of Hadrian’s Wall was to control immigration.

Hadrian’s wall ultimately worked, as it kept Scotland and Roman Britain (England and Wales) as separate countries with separate languages and cultures for centuries. Moreover, Hadrian’s Wall runs along today’s English/Scottish border.

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