EP 7 No Industrial Revolution in China ??
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Sarwar and Pamela take a detour from current affairs to think about history. Conventional Wisdom says the Industrial Revolution passed China by. But is this a true interpretation of history? Probably not, considering that China (and also India) were manufacturing and exporting mass produced items for at least two centuries prior to the Western Industrial Revolution. Over 3/4 of the globe's gross domestic product came from these two countries. So China certainly knew how to organize labor and raw material and logistics for manufacturing. But there is a tale here that needs exploring (including the contributions of the the Vermont and New Hampshire's "Precision Valley"). Pamels Crossley of Dartmouth College and Sarwar Kashmeri of Norwich University pick up this thread in this and the next episode of "Orient Espresso."
Listen on PRX: Industrial before Industrialization