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Yet there is certainly a more nuanced but less dramatic argument to be made for the importance of supplies of slave produced cotton fibres, namely that cheap raw materials promoted the growth of one major manufacturing industry in Europe and that the engineering problems involved in the mechanization of spinning and weaving cloth were more easily solved with fibres with the tensile properties of cotton, than thrown silk not so clear!

Essays on China from a European Perspective Sydney, The problem is how to tthe imports from other continents to narratives or models of early modern European development in which national economies are carried forward to plateaux of possibilities from where transitions to industrial market economies became probable?

The Chinese state’s fiscal weaknesses were long masked by its huge tax base.

Great Divergence

Williamson has argued that India went through a period of deindustrialization in the latter half of the 18th century as an indirect outcome of the collapse of the Mughal Empirewith British rule later causing further deindustrialization. The high-level equilibrium trap theory argues that China did not divertence an indigenous industrial revolution since its economy was in a stable equilibrium, where supply and demand for labor were equal, disincentivizing divergenve development of labor-saving capital.

During the 11th century China developed sophisticated technologies to extract and use coal for energy, leading to soaring iron production. Indeed, he suggests that China provided a freer marketplace than did mercantilist Europe.


In his book The Religion of China: Anthony Wrigley, Continuity, Chance and Change. He shows that many of the characteristics often thought to be peculiar to Europe applied to China as well. Metals and Monies in an Emerging Global Economyed.

Indeed recent historical research on Asia has produced some partial, regionally specific and still inconclusive and defective divergnce to suggest that standards of living in Western Europe and maritime provinces of China and South India may menneth have differed perceptibly much before the late 18th century. Volume 95, JunePage Western Europe’s use of coal as an energy substitute for wood in the midth century gave it a major head start in modern energy production.

The Journal of Economic History.

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A Millennial Perspective Volume 2: In particular, taxes had to be kept low due to the emperor’s weak oversight of his agents and the need to keep corruption in check. Poverty From The Wealth of Nations: Weber remained less impressed than Adam Smith or Karl Marx, with the geat significance for European development of the discovery and colonization of the Americas.

Rosenberg and Birdzell claims that the so-called “eastern culture” of “respect” and “unquestionable devotion” to the ruling dynasty was as a result of a culture where the control of the dynasty led to a “silent society” that “did not ask questions or experiment without the approval or order from the ruling class”.

Peter Cain and Mark Harrison 3 vols.

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Although the new world silver that European merchants exchanged for Asian foodstuffs, manufactures and raw materials presumably promoted monetary transactions and internal trade in China and India in the same way that American bullion did within Europe?

The World Economy Volume 1: The Tye World methods of agriculture and production could only sustain certain lifestyles. Yet that age — remained imminent rather than dominant during the first stages of the industrial revolution, which occurred decades before that particular golden age of liberal capitalism.


However, Robert Brenner and Chris Isett emphasize differences in land tenancy rights. Asia and Europe in the World Economyed. Anderson California State University, Northridge.

Mark Elvin, Another History: Classical economists Smith and Malthus both perceived that China had proceeded further and had continued to divergebce faster down the path of diminishing returns. Aldcroft and Antony Sutcliffe eds. This is what set Europe apart from the technologically advanced, large unitary empires such as China.

Compared with other developed regions, India still possessed large amounts of unused resources. Mortality and Living Standards in Europe and Asiaed.

The Economic History Review. Another seemingly plausible hypothesis involves property rights and incentive effects, but Pomeranz minimizes the importance of the definition and enforcement of property rights in explaining the different development experiences of the two regions. Economist Timur Kuran argues that Islamic institutions which had at earlier stages promoted development later started preventing more advanced development by hampering formation of corporations, capital accumulation, mass production, and impersonal transactions.

Through the 19th century, Europe had vast amounts of unused arable land with adequate water sources. Great Divergence and Great Convergence. Andre Gunder Frank, Re Orient: In other words, in many significant dimensions, China and Europe or at least the core of China and the northwestern portion of Europe had basically equivalent conditions.