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How Well Did Facts Travel to Support Protracted Debate on the History of the Great Divergence between Western Europe and Imperial China?

Kent Deng and O'Brien, Patrick

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: This paper tackles the issue of how reliable the currently circulated 'facts' really are regarding the 'Great Divergence' debate. Our findings indicate strongly that 'facts' of premodern China are often of low quality and fragmented. Consequently, the application of these 'facts' can be misleading and harmful.

Keywords: Great Divergence; evidence; GDP estimates (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N01 P5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-02-01
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