Western Europe vs China (1450 - 1750) hey guys! okay so can anyone help me compare and contrast attitudes about new ideas and foreign influences. please beware that in each group in society felt different. 1. Western Europe 2. China 3. Japan 4. The Ottoman Empire 5. Mughal India   Thank you! (:

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Much of what has just been said about Japan applied to China as well. For a very detailed discussion of these matters, see the new book by Niall Ferguson called The West and the Rest. The Chinese, in earlier periods, tended to be contemptuous of non-Chinese, whom they regarded as barbarians.

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From a simplistic point of view, I would say that western society tended to covet new ideas and new influences, and Japan and China avoided them.  This is not still true today, of course.  As world trade became more prevalent, outside influences seeped in anyway.

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In this time frame, Japan was extremely unwilling to allow foreign influences.  Japan banned foreigners from the country and even forbade Japanese ever to return if they left Japan.  By contrast, Western Europe was much more open to ideas from all over, including those from the Middle East which helped to set Europe on its way to exploration of the globe.

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