THE SOCHE BUFF'S GAZETTE
Professors Noh et al. 2¢
Agricultural Revolution – 8,000 B.C.E.
European Conquest of the New World – 1500
Industrial Revolution - 1800
The major cause of the industrialization of Europe was the accumulation of information
during the agrarian era, and especially during the 500 years from 1300-1800. Another big reason
was the conquest and plunder of the new world. Take another look at the "model of the causes of
the industrial revolution" in chapter 9 of the text.
Dominant societies are usually the most technologically sophisticated societies. The
emergence of more technologically sophisticated societies has routinely led to the elimination of
societies with less technology. The elimination of thousands of societies is a main reason for major
changes in the world system of societies. Nowhere are these points better illustrated than in the
story of the European conquest and plunder of the new world.
What were the proximate causes of the European discovery and conquest of the new world?
The conquest resulted from a combination of the factors:
1. Maritime technology
- Ocean-going ships
2. Military technology