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Unformatted text preview: ch as Tikal, Calakmul, Copán and Palenque and these also subjugated smaller states into a vassal status. Evidence for this comes from glyphs which mark royal accessions. Instead of just giving the name of the new king and the glyphs which indicate accession another glyph indicating ‘ supervised it’is added he suggesting the dominance of another ruler. This experience is interesting since one of the great theses about ‘ European exceptionalism’is that in contrast to other parts of the world Europe was di¤erent because it was composed of many competing states that had to innovate to survive. In contrast China was a large uni…ed empire without these pressures. Leaving aside whether this makes sense for China this view (reproduced in the Epilogue of Guns, Germs and Steel ) this claim ignores the political history of the rest of the World! James A. Robinson (Harvard) The Emergence of Modern Economic Growth: A Comparative and Historical Analysis: L September 28, 2009 21 / 25 Interrelationships between Mayan...
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