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- n. Plural form of vassalage.
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This is a big improvement over the days when it was waging a nuclear arms race with the West, and building its international network of client states, and sending in tanks to maintain hold over its Eastern European vassalages.
This sense of cultural superiority is a common theme among the empires of history, which have always maintained that without their stabilizing influence, the "barbarians" of their vassalages would bring about the collapse of civilization itself, at least locally, if not, due to variations of the "dominoe" theory, within the heart of the empire itself.
I see the noble and honorable peerage of Scotland, whose valiant predecessors led armies against their enemies, upon their own proper charges and expenses, now divested of their followers and vassalages, and put upon such an equal foot with their vassals, that
Those nations are that are now colonies, vassalages, or client-states of the U.S. would achieve their full independence.
Has the author forgotten or chosen to ignore American imperialism's history of duplicitous actions, e.g., its claims of promoting democracy while effectively creating military-ruled vassalages in much of South America, or the near-genocidal efforts to bring "democracy" to Vietnam?
These limitations regarded the measures of peace, the means of war, and the regular administration of justice; but not ttie daily bread of the sovereigns, who had lands and immediate vassalages of their owo, for the support of their estate and dignity.