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In a time of great powers and empires, just one region of the world experienced extraordinary economic growth. How?? | Aeon Essays

In a time of great powers and empires, just one region of the world experienced extraordinary economic growth. How?? | Aeon Essays

How and why did the modern world and its unprecedented prosperity begin? Learned tomes by historians, economists, political scientists and other scholars fill many bookshelves with explanations of how and why the process of modern economic growth or ‘the Great Enrichment’ exploded in western Europe in the 18th century. One of the oldest and most persuasive explanations is the long political fragmentation of Europe. For centuries, no ruler had ever been able to unite Europe the way the Mongols and the Mings had united China.

Source: How did Europe become the richest part of the world? | Aeon Essays