AP World History
Unit 4: The Incredible Shrinking World
East Asian Empires
The most significant change that occurs in this time period is the inclusion of the Americas in the global trade network. With this inclusion, a truly global economy develops. As Europeans are getting ready to reach out and explore the world around them, the previous world power, China, is more focused on internal stability. This shift allows Europe to emerge as a dominant world power. The empires of the day needed to decide the degree to which they should interact with the outside world. While Europe was embracing outside interaction and conquest, many other empires were more insular and focused on their own preservation and stability.