Peter De Falco
World Hist Paper Why the Chinese Do It Better
Mediaeval China had many great achievements such as gunpowder, but fireworks aren't the only reason China was successful. Mediaeval China was known to be the most sophisticated and overall powerful region and country of its time. Even more so than the already established Europe. And though these two civilizations did interact, there are numerous factors as to why China was more successful. No matter the conflict, needs, or geographical deficits; China always seemed to come out on top, whether that be in their culture or their increasing technology.
The first reason why Europe can be seen as on a lower level than Medieval China is its culture. Looking at how Medieval European culture functioned and was ruled can make this point clear. In the early Medieval ages, Europe had been invaded by Germany many times and this actually led to a decrease in the interest of learning and studies. This is also attributed to a sort of refuge to rural life and farming (Perry, 1984). With this change was a decrease in political, economic, and judicial interest. This led to a more religion based view which caused controversy with already established Greek Philosophy. However, philosophy and religion in China didn’t conflict nor did they divide the people.
One of Medieval China’s greatest advantages was its people. During this era, the people of China became a lot more connected and worked together as a whole to better the empire. This is largely attributed to the religions of the period. The growth of religion during the Medieval Era allowed states to consolidate their power and grow stronger. This led to the
creation of many important cultural and religious institutions (Chronicle, 2010). Once China was reunified under the Sui Dynasty in 589 AD, this was the foundation upon which China was able to build the world's most advanced civilization (Chronicle, 2010). Another factor that made the people of China so well connected was their philosophy. Their main philosophy was one of respect, if one did not respect another it would lead to conflict and strife. But this rarely happened as one could be killed for certain disrespects. Yet respect isn’t the only reason why Medieval China was the most powerful and successful of its time.
The Second reason Europe was less successful than China in this period was their technology. Yet some of these advances are still used today or have led to the invention of better technology. One such advancement was the plow; the plow is considered to be one of the most important technologies develop in this period. This is mainly due to the use of teams of oxen and using multiple blades (Baker, 2015). But in order to make the plow as effective as possible, the Europeans found news ways of making it. By 900, there were significant changes in the production of iron. The above ground reduction furnace had been developed; this furnace allowed for the...