Just a humble two cents worth from someone interested in Chinese history; the printing press has…
Johnson Liow

Thanks, Johnson, for weighing in! I’ve read a few “Ancient Engineering” books by American historians — inevitably they give China short coverage… beyond works of physical engineering, China’s bureaucratic exam system was a political revolution that we in the west only within the last century have recognized the significance of (through university SAT and ACT testing). The way to rise in Roman politics, for example, required a small fortune that greatly favored those from noble families — when political authority wasn’t decided by military force alone. The idea of determining fitness-for-service through standardized testing was an unknown concept in the west.

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