Point : In “Civilizations”, he writes that “from the XVIme century, the small states of western Eurasia began to dominate the rest of the world ”. You attribute this divergence to the development of six “queen apps”: competence, scientific method, rule of law, modern medicine, consumerism, and professional ethics. Why hasn’t it happened in China?
Niall Ferguson: The emperors succeeded, to a large extent, in isolating Chinese society from foreign influences. If the explorer Zheng He had continued his maritime expeditions, the story would have been different. China is technologically ahead of the West in the VIme in the 16thme century. But the imperial system and the influence of the mandarins limited the innovation capacity of …
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