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The Lever of RichesTechnological Creativity and Economic Progress$
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Joel Mokyr

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780195074772

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195074772.001.0001

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China and Europe

China and Europe

(p.209) Chapter Nine China and Europe
The Lever of Riches

Joel Mokyr

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes Chinese achievements in technological innovations. It applies physical and environmental factors to a comparative study between China and Europe. The chapter notes that the greatest enigma in the history of technology is the failure of China to sustain its technological supremacy, and further notes that, in the centuries before 1400, the Chinese developed an amazing technological momentum, and moved, as far as these matters can be measured, at a rate as fast as, or even faster than, Europe. It observes that many of their innovations eventually found their way to Europe, either by direct importation or independent reinvention. However, the chapter notes that China's technological progress slowed down, and ultimately came to a full stop. Its economy continued to expand, but growth was mostly of the Smithian type, based on an expansion of internal commerce, monetization, and the colonization of the southern provinces.

Keywords:   technological innovations, China, Europe, Smithian type, internal commerce, monetization, colonization

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