AND ASIA, 900-1900
differences between rice and wheat agriculture: China and the west.
The use of water and wind power and the importance of the stirrup
and the shoeing of horses. The agricultural revolution in the west.
The importance of irrigation systems. The early influence of monastic
orders like the Benedictines with their water wheels and time consciousness.
The improvement of water wheels and its importance in the industrial
revolution. Bamboo, iron and pumping. The development of experimentation
in agriculture. The development of gunpowder weapons in China and
the west. The rapid development of scientific instruments. The American
system of mass production.