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James Tracy Cambridge, A number of economists have argued that representative government was a factor in the Great Divergence.
Justin Yifu Lin argued that China’s large population size proved beneficial in technological advancements prior to the 14th century, but that the large population size was not an important factor in the kind of technological advancements that resulted in the Industrial Revolution. Through industrialization, Britain was able to increase cotton productivity enough to make it lucrative for domestic production, and overtake India as the world’s leading cotton supplier.
Clearly, and as a prelude to any scholarly analysis, and explanation, it will be necessary to date the divergence in living standards between the western and eastern ends of the Eurasian landmass because the assumption that unmistakable gaps in real incomes per capita and labour productivities measured for the decade preceding the Great War must have evolved and prevailed for centuries prior to that time, cannot supported with hard economic data.
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At the same time that coal in eighteenth-century Europe was cheap and readily available to fuel industry, in China that resource remained relatively expensive and in large part a curiosity relegated to the collections of rock hounds. Their connexions to the maintenance and extension of benefits from long established patterns of intra-European trade, to the foundation of new food processing industries, to geopolitical rivalry and state formation, to the growth in the wealth and powers of merchant oligarchies, to the rise of maritime cities, to changes in science, technology and the arts; indeed to almost all aspects of European economic, political and urban life have been elaborated in numerous histories of sugar, tea, coffee, cocoa, maize, rice, tobacco, tropical fruit.
Britain and India in the pre-history of modernity’, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient40— In the early 19th century, Egypt under Muhammad Ali began a program of state-sponsored industrialization quick to adopt steam engine technology, and manufacturing boilers for installation in a number of industries, including ironworkstextile manufacturingpaper millsand hulling mills.
The Process of Economic Development. 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.
Chinese coal may or may not have been more combustible and less well located than European deposits, but it stayed below ground as an abundant and presumably as a potentially more efficient source of energy, compared to the manpower, wind and water that the Chinese, Japanese and other Asian economies continued to utilize throughout the 19th century.
In 15th century England, lords had lost their serfs, but were able to assert control over almost all of the land, creating a rental market for tenant farmers. Histories of spin-offs and externalities have been woven around most of the major imports from other continents carried into European ports.
Retrieved 9 March EspositoThe Islamic World: A Chinese Cross-Cultural Perspectiveed. Their capitalist ideals and market structures encouraged innovation. 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”.
However, Robert Brenner and Chris Isett emphasize differences in land tenancy rights. In its earlier days, Korea had healthy international trading relationships, receiving merchants from as far as the Middle East. Meanwhile to suggest as anti-Weberian revisionists do that an unexpected and unpredictable conjuncture between East and West appeared quite suddenly in the late 18th century also remains too fragile to stand as a core hypothesis about long-run global economic development.
Reinhard Bendix, Max Weber. Bradford; Shleifer, Andrei He dealt with long spans of time, read widely about classical and oriental civilizations and used comparative methods in order to comprehend why capitalism arose in the West and not in the East.
However, more recent studies have depicted living standards in 18th century China and pre-Industrial Revolution Europe as comparable. In contrast, Britain contained some of the largest coal deposits in Europe  – all within a relatively compact island.
Retrieved from ” https: Bentley, Sivergence World Encounters. Imports from the Americas, and the reduced caloric intake required by industrial workers compared to farmers allowed England to cope with the food shortages. divergende
However, others counter that luxury workshops were not unique to Europe; large cities in Ddivergence and Japan also possessed many luxury workshops for the wealthy,  and that luxury workshops do not necessarily stimulate the development of “capitalistic firms”.
During the era of European imperialism, periphery countries were often set up as specialized producers of specific resources. The traditional dating is as early as the 16th or even 15th  century, with scholars arguing that Europe had been on a trajectory of higher growth since that date. China had a larger population than Europe throughout the Common Era. Pomeranz is chiefly concerned with the comparison between England and China, but he also devotes a fair amount of attention to the rest of the world.
The resulting drop in the population led to falling rents and rising wages, undermining the feudal and manorial relationships that had characterized Medieval Europe. Colonial Power, Colonial Texts: Europe’s access to a larger quantity of raw materials and a larger market to sell its manufactured goods gave it a distinct advantage through the 19th century.
A lack of interest of silviculture in Western Europe, and a lack of forested land, caused wood shortages. A study found that secure property rights in Europe, but not in large parts of the Middle-East, contributed to the increase of expensive labour-saving capital goods, such as water-mills, windmills, and cranes, in medieval Europe but its decrease in the Middle-East.
Surveys pomranz monographic literature have effectively rendered a whole corpus of Marxian and Weberian interpretations redundant.
This article is about the era of dominance of Western Civilization. We might rhetorically enquire if small outcomes could flow from large changes to endogenous variables? The liberal Ottoman policies were praised by British economists advocating free trade, such as J. Although core kennth in Eurasia had achieved a relatively high standard of living by the 18th century, shortages of land, soil degradation, deforestation, lack of dependable energy sources, and other ecological constraints limited growth in per capita incomes.
Peculiar to Europe were some of the ways in which fertility rates were kept under control, not the fact of control keenneth. Compared to Western Europe, just how far were China and other regions of Asia away from their technologically constrained production possibility boundaries before ?
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.
His estimates show that the GDP per capita of Western European countries rose rapidly after industrialization. Aldcroft and Antony Sutcliffe eds. The Political Economy of Merchant Empiresed. Does it resolve the question successfully? This so-called “eastern culture” also supposedly showed a “dismissal of change” due to their “fear of failure” and disregard for the imitation of outside inventions and science; this was different from the “western culture” which they claimed to be willing to experiment and imitate others to benefit their society.
Furthermore, the merchant class of China throughout all of Chinese history were usually wealthy and held considerable influence above their supposed social standing. An example of a Middle-Eastern country that had an advanced economy in the early 19th century was Ottoman Egyptwhich had a highly productive industrial manufacturing sector, and per-capita income that was comparable to leading Western European countries such as France and higher than that of Japan and Eastern Europe.
Although these specializations brought the periphery countries temporary economic benefit, the overall effect inhibited the industrial development of periphery territories.