Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Whence The Industrial Divergence?

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

In this chapter, the author argues that the "standard" Eurocentric historiography on the rise of the West still holds much value despite the persistent criticisms it has faced in the last decades. The standard historiography includes the classical exponents of Europe's uniqueness, as well as contemporary historians and sociologists who have taken on this debate directly. The author's interest in the chapter is with the contemporary exponents. In defending their perspectives, the author goes beyond them by taking into account numerous additional sources from historians of Europe who have written about Western achievement from the Greeks onward. The chapter covers the Portuguese voyages of discovery, the Gutenberg revolution, the invention of mechanical clocks, the cartographic revolution, the Protestant reformation, the "industrial enlightenment," the "military revolution," and the "rational" mercantilist state.

Keywords:cartographic revolution; Eurocentric historians; industrial enlightenment; military revolution; Portuguese voyages



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    The Uniqueness of Western Civilization — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation