Industrial Revolution In China During The Ming-Qing Period

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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…
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