2 comments on “A swarm of white vans

  1. As far as I recall, the Chinese didn’t need anything from anyone. We wanted porcelain and silk, etc., Also, they don’t like foreigners … for a good reason.

  2. Hi Kropo. It is a bit more complex than that. Involves smaller countries, often at war with each other, which can result in technological advances in warfare; the amount it was possible to raise fromm taxes (China governments were loose, and not able to raise much, whereas in Europe, much higher taxes were raised and put almost exclusively into war, etc. Although the Chinese had the matchlock earlier than Europe, such guns were not useful against the Mongols, who were on horseback and had few permanent settlements. Etc, etc.

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