During the Middle Ages, the Chinese enjoyed a higher standard of living than almost any other contemporary nation. This high standard of living was made possible by their stable civilization, which for the most part had remained unbroken for centuries. While Europe was amid dark times, poverty, war and disease, China was flourishing, producing new art, science, and literary works.
The essence of nostalgia is an awareness that what has been will never be again.
Milton S. Eisenhower
President George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart in 1782.