Originally Posted by Fantasus
The European Peninsula has many smaller peninsulas and offshore islands, making seafaring often the best form of contact and at the same time a disadvantage for powers trying to take all by force. The eastern parts of Asia had more difficult conditions for contact to neighbouring civilisations due to higher mountains and highlands, greater desserts and steppes.
welcome to these boards.
yes it is one of the arguments that I used in the time in the "great divergence" debate but in the meantime there is a lot changed in the debate as new arguments. But as I said in one of my messages in this thread this debate is perhaps not fully connected to this "democracy" debate? Although I already heard the connection as from the many Greek regions separated by the sea a bit as the European peninsula. That by competition from the fractions there could be a hang for implementation of more democracy. But if I have time I will start some replies to the "great divergence" thread here somewhere on these boards. If you can join me there?