Industrial Revolution In China During The Ming-Qing Period

Powerful Essays
Discuss the reasons why an Industrial Revolution did not occur in China during the Ming/Qing period. I. Introduction Industrial revolution refers to an era of large scale industrialization and rural societies became industrial and urban. During the period, a revolution in power induced the replacement of hand tools with power-driven machines such as mechanization of agriculture and special-purpose machinery for textile manufacturing. Besides a greater range and volume of manufactured goods, it also brought about significant impacts on social cultural and economics conditions such as improved living standard and systems of communication. Before 1800, China was ahead of the other nations in terms of technology, trade and political power. Although…show more content…
The term “Great Divergence” used by Pomeranz in his book was coined by S.P. Huntington which marks the shift of dominance, from the East to the West, in terms of technological, economic, political and social advancement during the Modern…show more content…
Coclanis (2001). Ten Years After: Reflections on Kenneth Pomeranz’s The Great Divergence. Historically Speaking, 12(4), 10-12. Peter C. Perdue (2000, August). Review of Pomeranz, Kenneth, The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy. Retrieved from James Z. Lee and Wang Feng (1999). One Quarter of Humanity: Malthusian Methodology and Chinese Realities 1700-2000. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Thomas R. Malthus (1826). An Essay on the Principle of Population (6th edition). St. Paul 's Churchyard, London: J. Johnson Arthur P. Wolf (2001). Is There Evidence of Birth Control in Late Imperial China. Population and Development Review, 27(1), 134-137 Philip C. C. Huang (2002). Development or Involution in Eighteenth Century Britain and China? A Review of Kenneth Pomeranz’s The Great Divergence. The Journal of Asian Studies, 61 (2), 501-538 J. Gernet (1996). A History of Chinese Civilization. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Robert C. Allen (2009). The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University
Get Access