IN THE EAST AND WEST OVER THE LAST THOUSAND YEARS
in front of an old castle, Simon Schaffer explains in ten short sequences
some of the major causes and consequences for the differences between
the development of military technologies in eastern Asia and western
Europe. The rationalized violence of the west led down one path, the
centralized control of places like China in another direction. The
mechanization of the world, and the possibility of building steam
engines, lay along the western path.