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Why Europe? : The Rise of the West in World History, 1500-1850,9780072848014

Why Europe? : The Rise of the West in World History, 1500-1850



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Part of McGraw-Hill's Explorations in World History series, this brief and accessible volume explores one of the biggest questions of recent historical debate: how among all of Eurasia's interconnected centers of power, it was Europe that came to dominate much of the world. Author Jack Goldstone presents the argument as it stands in light of up-to-date research so that readers can come to understand the technological and economic inequalities between Europe and the rest of the world came to be and decide for themselves where the driving forces behind this phenomenon are taking us.

Table of Contents

Note from the Series Editorsp. v
Prefacep. vii
Introduction: Earth: A Global Viewp. 1
The World Circa 1500: When Riches Were in the Eastp. 4
Patterns of Change in World Historyp. 16
The Great Religions and Social Changep. 34
Trade and Conquestp. 52
Family Life and Standards of Livingp. 71
States, Laws, Taxes, and Revolutionsp. 97
Changing the Pace of Change: Was there an Industrial Revolution?p. 120
Trajectories of Science in Asia and Europep. 136
Conclusion: The Rise of the West: A Temporary Phase?p. 162
Notesp. 177
Indexp. 181
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