WH9: Spain and Ming China

An Ancient Trap: An ancient trap awaits China and US – The Boston Globe

Nial Ferguson has an explanation for the “Great Divergence” that he refers to as the “6 killer apps.” Evaluate his explanation for the imbalance of power between Asia and the West:


How did economic factors lead to weakness for both Spain and Ming China?

In reading this summary, look for the TYPES of problems that plague Spain. What categories of problems do you see?



Electronic copy of “Rise of the Ming Dynasty”: The Rise of the Ming Dynasty



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