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Histories of spin-offs and externalities have been woven around most of the major imports from other continents carried into European ports. The timing of the Pmeranz Divergence is in dispute among historians.

Leaving coal aside, the intercontinental trade data suggests that Europe possessed the foodstuffs and agricultural raw materials required to persist with Smithian growth and kennegh urbanization and industrialization of the workforce without recourse to massive imports of primary produce from the Americas until well into the 19th century.

Critical Concepts in Historical Studiesed. The Global History of Empire London, European City Growth before the Industrial Revolution”. International Labor and Working-Class History Revisionists, who take their perceptions from Adam Smith, will prefer to shift the focus for concentration to Britain, which over time became more involved than any other European economy including the Netherlands with intercontinental commerce and colonization.

Pomerazn precise calculations are difficult to make and several figures including revised estimates from Pomeranz jostle for recognition divergende tradition of energy accountancy as a way of explaining increasing and decreasing returns go back to the 19th century.

A lack of interest of silviculture in Western Europe, and a lack of forested land, caused wood shortages. Views Read Edit View history.

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Nevertheless, in rather short compass the problems of mechanizing all major processes in the production of cloth made from the entire range of natural fibres were solved.


Karl Marx and Max Weber. How The West Grew Rich: For pomwranz book, see The European Miracle. Rulers, religion, and riches: Colonial Power, Colonial Texts: Mark Elvin, Another History: Denis Flynn and Arturo Giraldez Aldershot, The result was a dramatic shift in the center of population and industry from the home of Chinese civilization around the Yellow River to the south of the country, a trend only partially reversed by sivergence re-population of the north from the 15th century.

Larry Epstein, Freedom and Growth. Greater economic liberty, fostered by the interaction of fragmentation and reform, unleashed faster and more inter-connected urban growth. A number of economists have argued that representative government was a factor in the Great Divergence.

In order to further industrialize, it was imperative for the developing core areas to acquire resources from less densely populated areas, since they lacked the lands required to supply these resources themselves. University of Divfrgence Press. Possibilities for coping with population pressures by kennety 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 diveegence, supplies implementing efficient food stabilization policies, etc.

This article is about the era of dominance of Western Civilization.

Tommy Bengston et al. The Political Economy of Merchant Empiresed. The Eastern Origins of Western Civilisation. Justin Yifu Lin argued that China’s large population size proved beneficial in diveergence 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.

Ten Years of Debate on the Origins of the Great Divergence | Reviews in History

Meanwhile, the accumulation, testing and application of a body of reliable knowledge required to carry the mechanization and transformation of industry and transport, the deployment of steam power, urbanization and reorganization of finance and commerce had proceeded a long way and perhaps beyond a point of no return — or what historians of China refer to as involution. Making Sense of Global Historyed. Repetition of recycled enlightenment equations between republicanism, liberty and parliamentary forms of governance on the one hand and transitions to industrial market economies on the other, seem less and less satisfactory.


The resulting drop in the population led to falling rents geeat rising wages, undermining the feudal and manorial relationships that had characterized Medieval Europe. In the Age of Exploration navigators discovered new routes to the Americas and Asia.

Marx found dvergence the first transition from pre-capitalist to capital modes of production occurred first in Western Europe. For a growing band of scholars, concerned to include an analysis of intercontinental connexions in their metanarratives about the long run history of material progress, Weber elaborated upon themes that have exercised a powerful impact on modern stories told about the economic success of the West and the relative failures of the East diveggence the past years.

Fortunately, through improved farming techniques, the import of fertilizersand reforestationEuropeans were able to recondition their soil and prevent food shortages from hampering industrialization.

Nevertheless, it is still heuristic — when trying to understand material progress and relative decline across continents over long spans of time — to distinguish Marxian from Weberian approaches.

That remains clear, if we look again at the volume and array of imports entering European ports before It is a very useful corrective to the overenthusiasm of writers who claim a unique status for Europe in terms of the preconditions for sustained economic growth. Scholars have proposed a wide variety of theories to explain why the Great Divergence happened, including geography, culture, institutions, colonialismresources, and “accidents of history”.