Why Industrial Revolution happened in Europe rather than in China or India?

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nukey56
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By the start of the modern period (say, a few centuries ago), the agricultural empires (such s the Caliphate or the areas corresponding to modern-day China or India) had long been exceptionally prosperous, powerful, inventive, well-organised and cultured. So why did th
e Industrial Revolution happen in Europe,rather than in China or India or in any of the other great agricultural empires ?

I have to do a 3000 word essay, for economic perspectives module, can you give your thoughts on this question please?
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By the start of the modern period (say, a few centuries ago), the agricultural empires (such s the Caliphate or the areas corresponding to modern-day China or India) had long been exceptionally prosperous, powerful, inventive, well-organised and cultured. So why did th
e Industrial Revolution happen in Europe,rather than in China or India or in any of the other great agricultural empires ?

I have to do a 3000 word essay, for economic perspectives module, can you give your thoughts on this question please?
I would personally consider private property laws, stability and transparency of governance, level of education/invesment (and therefore innovation such as steam engine)
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I would personally consider private property laws, stability and transparency of governance, level of education/investment (and therefore innovation such as steam engine)
yep... also privatisation in Europe, where as China was hugely communist. China and India have always had absolute advantge in agriculture, and there has always been high demand for their cuisine and produce.
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