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A history lesson for Trump and the Brexit crowd: Isolationism has never worked

From Donald Trump's wall and immigrant ban to Britain pulling away from its longtime partners, the tendency towards isolationist policies is on the rise in the West.

We've seen this before but it has never had the intended effect of making any country in question "great again".

When Chinese admiral Zheng He returned home in 1424 after his impressive fleet of vessels -- some up to 120 metres in length -- had navigated the world's oceans, he was ordered by the new emperor Hongxi to erase all traces of his expedition. Thus began a long period of isolationism for China.

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