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They kept nurturing their pre-modern inventions and did not move forward with the modern times. Chen also suggested that the New World as a necessary factor for industrialization, and trade as a supporting factor causing less developed areas to concentrate on agriculture supporting industrialized regions in Europe. Some small coal deposits were available locally, though their use was sometimes hampered by government regulations. Revisionists, who take their perceptions from Adam Smith, will prefer to shift the focus for concentration to Britain, which over time became more involved than any other European economy including the Netherlands with intercontinental commerce and colonization.

Munkler, Empires Cambridge, In contrast, Britain contained some of the largest coal deposits in Europe [71] – all within a relatively compact island. It is a very useful corrective to the overenthusiasm of writers who claim a unique status for Europe in terms of the preconditions for sustained economic growth.

Growing proportions of British merchant ships were indeed pomerabz in North American colonies and in Asia even before the French blockades cut off supplies of Baltic timer and other naval stores pitch, tar and hemp during the Napoleonic Wars.

The Global History of Empire London, He claims that advanced cultures gdeat Europe had developed in areas whose geography was conducive to large, monolithic, isolated empires.

A Farewell to Alms. At the same time, Chinese and Indian demands for foodstuffs and manufactures produced in Europe remained limited in volume and scope. David Held et al.

How The West Grew Rich: Kenneth Pomeranz drew attention to differences in the availability of coal between West and East. Kenheth history of India. But since those supplies came on stream over the second half of the century, questions of what started and what sustained the Industrial Revolution should not be conflated.

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The Great Divergence is a synthesis created from a rich array of secondary sources. That remains clear, if we look again at the volume and array of imports entering European ports before Civilization and Capitalism, 15thth Century. Maritime Technology, Trade, and Economic Development”. Though repelled due to its strong navy and aid from China, the Japanese invasions in the late 16th century were particularly devastating to the peninsula and it never truly recovered until the modern era.

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Economics and World History: Theda Skocpol Cambridge, MS, India’s caste system gave an incentive to elites to drive their unfree laborers harder when faced with increased demand, rather than invest in new capital projects and technology. The resulting drop in the population led to falling rents and rising wages, undermining the feudal and manorial relationships that had characterized Medieval Europe.

In these conditions policies of technological and social stagnation could persist. Thus, many of the institutional features that were important for the breakout into tne growth were not uniquely European. These modes of transport made moving large quantities of coal, divwrgence, grain, livestock and other goods across countries more efficient, greatly reducing transportation costs.

In metallurgy and steam engines the Industrial Revolution made extensive use of coal and coke – as cheaper, more plentiful and more efficient than wood and charcoal. This simple question has proven to be nightmarishly difficult to resolve definitively, although many explanations have been advanced. Indeed recent historical research on Asia has produced some partial, regionally specific and still inconclusive and defective evidence to suggest that standards of living in Western Europe and maritime provinces of China and South India may kennetth have differed perceptibly much before the late 18th century.

Weber remained less impressed than Adam Smith or Karl Marx, with the economic significance for European development of the discovery and colonization of the Americas. Their governments at the time lacked policies that fostered innovation and thus resulted in slow advancements. China had a relatively more liberal land market, hampered only by weak customary traditions. As late as these manufactures existed; but they have been destroyed.

Kenneth Pomeranz, The Great Divergence. Vision and Method in Historical Sociologyed. Fortunately, through improved farming techniques, the import of fertilizersand reforestationEuropeans were able to recondition their soil and prevent food diveryence from hampering industrialization.

Anthony Wrigley, Continuity, Chance and Change. Bentley, Old World Encounters. However, many scholars who have studied Confucian teachings have criticized the claim that the philosophy promoted unquestionable loyalty to one’s superiors and the state.

Ten Years of Debate on the Origins of the Great Divergence | Reviews in History

Risk, Diversification, and Growth”. A number of divergennce historians have argued that European colonialism played a major role in the deindustrialization of non-Western societies. The traditional dating is as early as the 16th or even 15th [19] century, with scholars arguing that Europe had kennetb on a trajectory of higher growth since that date.


Of Liberty, Wealth and Equality Basingstoke, In short, strategic and administrative defects afflicting the Safavid, Ottoman, Mughal and Ming-Qing empires, intensified through time and thereby made space for the rise of the West.

Thirdly, it is not at all clear that the arable land, pastures, forests and seas of Western Europe, together and through trade with its periphery to the East and South could not diverrgence sustained the rates of population growth, industrialization and urbanization experienced say, down to the midth century without massive imports of primary produce from the Americas. The East did not see the need to improve on their divegence and thus from experience, focused on their past successes.

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Agreed the Great Divergence and the Industrial Revolution form part of an interconnected narrative and the degree of divergence in labour productivities and real incomes between Europe in China, that had so clearly appeared bylooks inconceivable without the massive supplies of basic foodstuffs and raw materials imported from the Americas and other primary producers. A study in the Quarterly Journal of Economics argued, “medieval European institutions such as guilds, and specific features such as journeymanship, can explain the fhe of Europe relative to regions that relied on the transmission of knowledge within closed kinship systems extended families or clans “.

Possibilities for coping with population pressures by extensions to margins of cultivation and cropping, through tenurial reform, investments in the infra-structure for intra-regional trade and specialization, by reallocating pasture to arable, improving the control of water, supplies implementing efficient food stabilization policies, etc. Imports, obtained in very large part through the exercise of coercion designed to secure favourable terms of trade, increased in volume with the incorporation of maritime Atlantic economies into global commerce, slowly at first, but more rapidly breat the infra-structure and organizations required for long distance trade were built up over the 16th and 17th centuries.

Compared to Western Europe, just how far were China and other regions of Asia away from their technologically constrained production possibility boundaries before ?