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Comparative Analysis on The Great Divergence
Comparative Analysis on The Great Divergence Imagine the world today if Eastern Asia had propelled The Great Divergence instead of Western Europe. Why did Britain industrialize and leave China behind when both powerhouses were similar in economic strength three centuries ago? Kenneth Pomeranz and Gary Blank scrutinize factors in their essays to develop a clear reasons behind this historical phenomenon. However, Pomeranz provides the better, detailed reasons why The Great Divergence transpired, as Blank puts forth contrary arguments. Pomeranz proves why ecological differences were fundamental, he also explains the combination of capitalism and trade better than Blank and he discusses the different social aspects relative to the bigger picture more thoroughly than Blank. Ecological differences, according to Pomeranz, were a major advantage that Britain had over the Yangzi Delta region. Until 1800, Malthusian pressures had affected both areas pretty equally. , Take the one example of deforestation, when China is heavily over-populated. Britain 1 2only had 5 percent forest cover by 1800 while China had roughly 13 percent. However, the coal 3boom alleviated the pressure of timber supplies in England as the fossil fuel was situated perfectly close to London, near the surface. On the contrary, China’s best coal deposits was