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The Power of KnowledgeHow Information and Technology Made the Modern World$
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Jeremy Black

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300167955

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300167955.001.0001

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A Global Perspective

A Global Perspective

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The Power of Knowledge

Jeremy Black

Yale University Press

This chapter briefly discusses the empires that succumbed to Western expansion in the early modern period, including China and Central America. In order to strengthen their system, Mongols developed interlinking exchange circuits of information, technologies, and ideas with other societies. Long-range links from China to Europe resulted in the spread of technological advances and innovation such as gunpowder and smallpox inoculation. The collapse of the Mongol empire eventually led to the expansion and success of the West.

Keywords:   China, Central America, Mongols, information, technologies, gunpowder, West

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