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They suggest that after millennia of successful land management, Chinese agriculture stood closer to its production possibility boundary than European agriculture.

Smil, Energy in World History Boulder, That remains clear, if we look again at the volume and array of imports entering European ports before 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.

When analyzing comparative use-efficiency, the economic concept of total factor productivity TFP is applied to quantify differences between countries. We can agree that the early shift from organic to inorganic forms of energy provided Europe particularly Britain with an early start.

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A Millennial Perspective Paris McCulloch in his Dictionary of Commercebut later criticized by British politicians opposing diverfence trade, such as prime idvergence Benjamin Disraeliwho cited the Ottoman Empire as “an instance of the injury done by unrestrained competition” in the Corn Laws debate: Pomeranz devotes his research and analysis to two possible macro-economic connexions.

Through the 19th century, Europe had vast amounts of unused arable land with adequate water sources.

Although Chinese customary law specified that people within the village were to be offered the grext first, Pomeranz states that most of the time the land was offered to more capable outsiders, and argues that China actually had a freer land market than Europe. These modes of transport made moving large quantities of coal, corn, grain, livestock and other goods across countries more efficient, greatly reducing transportation costs.

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Economic historian Paul Bairoch has estimated the GDP per capita of several major countries in US dollars after the Industrial Revolution in the early 19th century, as shown below.


Jack Goldstone, Why Europe? Kenneth Pomeranz, The Great Divergence. Re-imagining Eurasia to c.

The Eastern societies had governments which were controlled by the ruling dynasties and thus, were not a separate entity. 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. By the s, India benefited from extensive external and internal trade. The result was a dramatic shift in the center of population and industry from the home of Chinese civilization around the Yellow River to the south of the country, a trend only partially reversed by the re-population of the north from the 15th century.

Notable economists and thinkers within economics. The flow of divergwnce, sugar, timber, and tobacco to Europe from the New World gave economic development there a significant boost at a critical time; China enjoyed no advantage even remotely pomerana.

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”. In Europe, political fragmentation was coupled with an “integrated market for ideas” where Europe’s intellectuals used the lingua franca of Latin, had a shared intellectual basis in Europe’s classical heritage and the pan-European institution of the Republic of Letters.

Along with Montesquieu and other thinkers of the Enlightenment, Weber and Weberians believe that discernible contrasts in the institutional, ideological and legal frameworks within which economic activities especially internal and overseas trade hte embedded in Europe compared to Asian economies had prevailed for several centuries and that marked differences in religious beliefs, family life, cultural conditioning, institutional frameworks and political systems promoted divergent paths of economic growth pomerajz eventually produced a clear divide within the world economy into affluent and poor nations.

Nevertheless, it is still heuristic — when trying to understand material progress and relative greaat across continents over long spans of time — to distinguish Marxian from Weberian approaches. Why has the world become increasingly unequal?

The Great Divergence is a term made popular by Kenneth Pomeranz ‘s book by that title, also known as the European miraclea term coined by Eric Jones in [3] referring to the process by which the Western world i.


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!

Between Development and Underdevelopment: In the Orient, imperial states had virtually no fiscal or other interest in the promotion of commerce and pomerazn that might in the fullness of time pay for itself in the form of imported and taxable luxuries. He claims that advanced cultures outside Europe had developed in areas whose geography was conducive to large, monolithic, isolated empires. Commerce expanded, together with innovations such as pomedanz stock companies and various financial institutions.

Religion in global civil society.

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Although a statistically more compelling case for the substitution of cotton fibres grown on slave plantations in the Americas, for supplies of flax, hemp, silk and wool grown in Europe can be made.

At the same time, Chinese and Indian demands for foodstuffs and manufactures produced in Europe remained limited in volume and scope. Operations research Econometrics Decision theory Game theory Mechanism design Input—output model Mathematical finance. Kindleberger, World Economic Primacy — Oxford, Investigations into the nature, extent and significance of the political crises clearly affecting three Oriental empires in the 18th century and China by the time of the White Lotus Rebellion continue and may well lead to the kind of insights now coming on stream from comparative histories of early modern European states, concerned to contrast the evolution of political arrangements and policies conducive or obstructive towards economic growth and innovation within Western Europe.

By the Song period, the Scholar-officials themselves were using intermediary agents to participate in trading.