The Needham Puzzle: Why the Industrial Revolution Did Not Originate in China

@article{Lin1995TheNP,
  title={The Needham Puzzle: Why the Industrial Revolution Did Not Originate in China},
  author={Justin Yifu Lin},
  journal={Economic Development and Cultural Change},
  year={1995},
  volume={43},
  pages={269 - 292}
}
  • J. Lin
  • Published 1 January 1995
  • Economics, History
  • Economic Development and Cultural Change
One of the most intriguing issues for students of Chinese history and comparative economic history is, Why did the Industrial Revolution not occur in China in the fourteenth century? At that time, almost every element that economists and historians usually considered to be a major contributing factor to the Industrial Revolution in late eighteenth-century England also existed in China. Chinese civilization, like the civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and India, originated from agriculture… 

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