Enlightenment and Advancement

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The age of enlightenment and advancement began between 1500 and 1800. A change in peoples’ mindset, perspectives, and social interaction characterized the events that marked the beginning of a new era. Besides, trade became one of the main activities that steered economic growth among countries. Alike, scientific revolution resulted in independent thought in the fields of mathematics, politics, economics, medicine, and philosophy (Blondé & Van Damme, 2013). The emergence of scientific revolution contributed to the development of industrial revolution in the western countries. Particularly, Europe and China differ and share some similarities in the ways that both countries embraced the age of enlightenment.

I think that Europe is the geographic region that was more advanced and enlightened in between 1500 and 1800. The enlightenment thinkers, Descartes and Locke among others, challenged the status quo by developing a new way of looking at things. The age marked a time that people sought to experience life differently. In Europe, people adapted to the ideas of trade and religion. For instance, the Europeans chose to strengthen business transactions with other countries (Salzmann, 2013). Besides, they performed intensive agricultural activities in order to increase production of food. The enlightenment in Europe marked the beginning or regaining from the loss associated with the Black Death. The Europeans not only embraced the significance of education, but also the importance of new technology at innovating new tools that increase efficiency in production of goods and services. On the contrary, China still upheld traditional practices and beliefs in all sectors of its economy. However, the Chinese adapted to the scientific thoughts of 1600. For example, they accepted the Sino-Jesuit exchange, which was about new technologies.

In conclusion, Europe became more enlightened and advanced as compared to China between 1500 and 1800. Europeans became the first people to embrace technology and education as compared to the Chinese. China began to appreciate scientific advancement in the late 1600. In the last week’s readings, one main question arises: Did cultural beliefs and language barriers affect the transfer of knowledge from Europe to China?