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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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The West in the World

The West in the World

(p.143) 6 The West in the World
The Power of Knowledge

Jeremy Black

Yale University Press

The distinctiveness of the West became evident in the late eighteenth century. In terms of divergence in developments, non-Western powers were not able to match the advances in navigation and knowledge-based practices of organising new information by the West. There was no comparable expansion of information on the part of non-Western societies. This chapter discusses how information is acquired through exploration and the importance of exploration in solving major scientific problems. It also discusses how information about non-Western societies became more rapidly and readily available to Westerners and how contact with such societies encouraged cultural relativism in the West.

Keywords:   West, navigation, information, exploration, cultural relativism

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