Rethinking the rise of the West: The Great Divergence Debate

 
 

Konstantin Georgidis, Canterbury School, Ft. Myers, Florida

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Introduction
Class Activities: Comparing and Contrasting Points of View
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China and Europe, 1500-2000 and Beyond: What is "Modern"?

Teachers’ Guide with Study Questions: China and Europe, 1500-2000

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Rethinking the rise of the West: The Great Divergence Debate

Rethinking the rise of the West: Global Commodities

Standards of Modernity – China and Europe

Parallels in England and the Yangzi Basin of China in the 1800s

INTRODUCTION

Procedure

  1. Announce that the class will embark upon a program of investigation of the reasons which explain the dominance of the West in global affairs in the 19th and twentieth centuries.
  2. Divide the class into pairs. Each pair undertakes to become familiar with the views of one of the following scholars:
    1. Immanuel Wallerstein
    2. David Landes
    3. Andre Gunder Frank
    4. Bin Wong
    5. Kenneth Pomeranz
    6. Peer Vries
    7. Philip C. C. Huang