The Medieval Technological Revolution

The roots of Western technological progress can be found in the Middle Ages (700-1400).  Europe became more technologically advanced than China only after about 1350,  but during the middle ages (also known as the medieval period) European technology began to progress while the Chinese increasingly believed that innovation was a bad thing.

The fall of Rome resulted in a near-complete collapse of civilization

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  waterwheel at 17th century ironworks
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