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I find it interesting that all the reasons provided for European dominance essentially fall into two categories a) European innovation and Asian contentment with the status quo b) superior natural resources in Europe. Why isn't the slave trade, the theft of New World gold and silver and subsequent imperialism an explanation for why European GDP arose so much since the 19th century. Aarandir (talk) 10:59, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
I'm sure no one would really mind if you were to expand the "New World" section which does currently cover, though in short the "high profits earned from the colonies and the slave trade", and the "profits through selling New World goods to Asia, especially silver to China". I'm sure imperialism could be expanded upon as its only glanced upon in the "Trade" Section. In reality most of these likely factor in, and the matter of debate is to what degree, which if anything would be the main weakness of the article. In general the article mentions all these things, but in a very short form. 188.8.131.52 (talk) 23:39, 11 July 2015 (UTC)
Neither can I. Moreover, the reference to a "counter-progressive Polish state" surprises me, as Poland–Lithuania (which is evidently meant) is actually widely considered to have been fairly progressive for its day, certainly more so than the Russian Empire, for example. I have tagged the relevant passage – I note that no page number is given, either, which would have been helpful. The user who originally contributed the passage is, unfortunately, not active on Wikipedia anymore. --Florian Blaschke (talk) 01:19, 29 July 2015 (UTC)
The entire section on "State prohibition of new technology" seems unreferenced. Anyway, in Poland there was no prohibition of new technology, just the economy was focused on the agricultural sector rather than manufcatures. See also Vistula trade for context. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 08:48, 12 October 2015 (UTC)
The Role of Colonialism has been substantially downplayed in the article, even though it was certainly a major factor. Under British rule, India's GDP fell from roughly 25% of the global GDP in 1700 to a meagre 4% in 1950. British economic policies systematically de-industrialized India and turned it from a propsperous to an impoverished nation. These policies involved restrictions and higher taxation on native products, excessive taxation on farmers that lead to several devastating famines, forcing bonded farmers to plant cash crops like indigo instead of rice (which also contributed to hunger and famine), and using revenues, raw materials and labour from India to fund and fuel the industrial revolution in Britain. Britain became rich and prosperous at the cost of her colonies, and none was looted and plundered more severely than the country that was aptly called the jewel in the crown of the British Empire. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 19:25, 28 August 2015 (UTC)