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China and Europe, 1500–2000 and Beyond: What is Modern?
Common Dynamics
Industrial Evolution, not Revolution?
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Explaining the Industrial Revolution in Europe
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Common Dynamics

Despite the continued effort of scholars to claim that China and Europe were fundamentally different in economic terms between 1500 and 1800, we have actually learned that there were important dynamics of expansion common to areas within each of these large regions.

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Constraints of the Preindustrial World and the Historical Hinge of 1800
I am not saying that either Europe as a whole or China as a whole was changing in a lockstep fashion. But I am suggesting that the available data suggest that in the most advanced areas of both of these large world regions, we find comparable dynamics of economic change, at least comparable enough to encourage us to first locate similarities and then with more precision and finesse, identify what we think are differences.


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