EUROPE AND ASIA, 1350-1850


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China in 1350, its huge sophistication. Likewise the sophistication of Islamic civilizations at that time. Western Europe and the Black Death. The puzzle of the reversal of fortunes. The importance of the mechanical clock and some reasons for its development. The early Chinese clocks. The development of clockwork civilizations. Religion and clockwork. The importance of glass and its different development in east and west. The relationship of glass and light. Mirrors and their importance. The dangers of an Euro-centric view. Vast international trade.