Oct 3, 2018 in World Literature

In chapter three of the book “A non-Western World' by F Zakaria, the author starts by giving an example of Christopher Columbus and how he was sailed in one of the most ambitious expeditions in the human history. A brief history of China is outlined, starting from the Chinese admiral Zheng. Zheng is compared to Christopher Columbus and Vasco Da Gama among other seafarers. The author also ascertains that, by 17th century, almost every product, technology and complex organizations were advanced in Western Europe compared to other places in the world. I would agree with the author on this issue as Western Europe is regarded as the mother of many inventions. Many inventions were made in the Western Europe compared to other societies of the world. Some of the great scholars and elites in the 17th century came from the Western Europe hence they were able to steer up development.

The author also believes that the Asian countries were not at par with the western countries in the 1700 and 1800. As a matter of fact, scientific advances were not about creating machines, but rather they were the mental outlook. Though there were machines that were invented in other parts of the world like in China, people never bothered to run them. Asia countries lacked new techniques and technologies in the 1700s, hence they fell prey of the Malthusian problem. I fully agree with the author on this issue as classic Malthusian problem was triggered by the lack of new ideas. Some of the machines that were invented in China were disastrous, and as the author notes, strength is weakness. In the western world, palaces, cities and courts during that period were moving ahead more than any other country. Today, the western world, should be regarded as the mother of almost all inventions in the world.

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