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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

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

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300167955.003.0006

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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