Rise of the West

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Critical Analysis: Rise of the West
There are many theories and ideas of how western civilization became the way it is today. While some scholars believe it is in one influence of another region, many others can argue that it is certainly just the way the world is supposed to work out. We, as humans, have no control over how our surrounding civilization will turn out nor would we be able to alter many thing that have happened in the past. Robert Marks provides his own examples and theories to prove that other regions such as India and China have a significant part in the outcome of the west. The ideas of Eurocentrism, contingency, accident theories and conjuncture are all theories that are mentioned throughout the narrative to allow
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If the authors’ argument was to support the evidence that other countries were just as responsible of shaping the western civilization, why would he support the findings that Europe was the region with the highest authority that set the origins for the rise of the west? In the narrative, it is also mentioned that the explanation for the European influence is no longer persuasive; therefore all the evidence that claims that Europe was one of the main sources for western civilization could not be claimed as valid.
The authors’ presentation of the narrative was confusing towards the beginning because you were not sure what his views were because of his contradictions. After reading a little more into the narrative, the reader might assume that his stance on the subject is that he believes other regions have equal credit into the culmination of the rise of the west and not just Europe. He uses many examples such as providing details on how much influence Asia and India had. Because Asia and India accounted for more than two-thirds of the world population, it was safe to use examples that dealt with the economy and how this helped the west. When Asia became a vast supplier of porcelain and other manufactured goods, Europe found new territory and grounds to get into China through the Indian Ocean. When Marks used this example, the reader would start to gain a better understanding the stance
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