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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
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!
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