[quote]Because Europe has always been culturally and politically behind China in development. It’s only recently they’ve come up with the EU.
Issues like common language, common currency, strong central government vs. local government were resolved quite a while ago in Chinese history.
So the real question is what took Europe so long to converge on the “China” solution while taking a divergent path.[/quote]
I think you misunderstand my point, which is fair enough, becuase I didn’t make it clearly. What I meant was, (and I’m talking about these over the whole period of history, not in their present forms) why do we always think of Europe as a region full of competing nations, and of China as a single country or empire?
Both regions have had a wide range of diversioty within them - cultural, linguistic etc. Both have had their dynasties that rose and fell (the European ‘dynasties’ include the Romans, Charlemagne’s Franks, the ‘Holy Roman Empire’, Napoleon etc). Succesive dynasties have ruled quite different territories. The extent of their territory and the degree to which the regions were unified or fragmented ahs also varied a lot through history. Throughout most of history China has been united by Han Confucianism, Europe by ‘white’ Christianity.
Of course there are substantial differences - I’m not arguing that the analogy is perfect. I’m just saying that they are not so different, but we think of them in enormously different ways, and this (false) way of thinking has an incredible impact on the way we write and interpret history.