Why EVF will never replace OVF for me

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nigelht
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Re: I beg to differ
In reply to TrapperJohn, 9 months ago

TrapperJohn wrote:

Almost all of the great inventions that make modern life possible, were invented in either the US or Europe. The steam engine, electricity, radio, video, microprocessor, internal combustion engine, automobile, airplane, networking... gunpowder was invented in China, but it took Europeans to show what could really be done with it.

China invented papermaking, the compass, gunpowder and printing.

More important than that they invented fermentation, ice cream and toilet paper.

With respect to gunpowder, the Chinese had exploding cannonballs in the 14th century (we're talking Hundred Yeas's War level of military technology in Europe at the time).  That we caught up and kicked their butts later doesn't mean that they weren't centuries ahead in the state of the art for a long time.

As late as the Ming Dynasty (1600s) Chinese forces were able to defeat western forces although it took a large numerical advantage (that said, the Dutch WERE in a fortress).

The conquest by the Manchus (Qing) kinda put China in the same position of the Western Roman Empire after Odoacer became the King of Italy.  Evaluate the state of western european civilization in 476 AD and you would probably see a grimmer looking decline than Qing dynasty China.  It was China's bad luck that this happened just as we were really kicking military advances in high gear and feeling all colonial expansion-like.

Prior to that China was the superpower that enjoyed all the advantages or manpower, technology and natural resources.

Perhaps there's a cautionary tale in there somewhere.

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