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  • Keith W
  • Chicago, IL
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If the Industrial Revolution did not begin in Western Europe, could it have or would it have began somewhere else?

I read "Guns Germs and Steel" by Jared Diamond and it really made me think. He said once "If another continent was blessed with environment and resources like Europeans, than they would have built skyscrapers and Helicopters" or something to that effect. I dont want this to turn into a racial/cultural debate by any means. I am merely asking if Technology was inevitable? I believe Diamond was correct in much of his assumptions he made in his book, but i do believe he was being overly deterministic? Anyway, is modern society just a fluke? What would have happened if the Industrial Revolution did not begin when it did?

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  • Apr 28 2013: Of course.Maybe it will be delayed,but it must happened in other area.Because it's not about the place,it's about demand.
    We keep going foward because we have appetite.It makes us explore and ivent.So the Industrial Rvelotion must could happened in somewhere else as long as we want to meet our ambiton.

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