Post by Byker
There was nothing like the industrial or scientific revolutions anywhere
else. In fact, some parts of the world were barely above caveman level even
in the 1500's. China, India, etc., so called "civilizations" had ZERO
progressive spark. Their evolution had ceased 1000 years before. Little had
changed. Had Europeans not existed, we would be subsistence farmers, dying
on average at 35 and existing instead of being able to really live. A
nothing world. Thank goodness Europe existed.
Just think, had the bubonic plague wiped out all the Christian Europeans,
the Americas would've remained undiscovered, with "noble savages" still
running around and the entire Eastern Hemisphere forever stuck in a medieval
time warp: http://youtu.be/DEYwXLpBpfI
Well, I am not sure they would be stuck there *forever* ....
However Europe was the perfect crucible at the perfect moment.
Activities were picking up and the dark age was ending and there
was a hunger for new ideas and ways to put them to use (mostly
for making money and slaying ones enemies). Pouring classical,
arabic and far eastern philosophy, science and tech into that
situation allowed for an energetic reaction the likes of which had
not been seen before.
Without europe, most of the rest of the world would have continued
in its old patterns and ideas just as they had for many thousands
of years prior. Eventually there would have been an intersection
of ideas into an 'energized' environment (the advent/spread of
Islam *almost* qualified, but turned against itself too soon).
I am at a bit of a loss to explain why Rome missed the boat. It
was 'energized' for a long time and imported ideas and tech
from a large area of the world. It even imported its religion.
But for some reason it never quite jumped over the threshold
to become what post-Roman europe became. Roman
creations were numerous and were applied, but never really
"went viral". Perhaps the legal and economic systems were
not in a state to assist inventors and innovative industries ?