Mark’s ‘Rise of the West’ is about contingencines and conjectures; both these elements, according to the author, presents a way of describing the rise of the West in a way that is more Non-Eurocentric than previous researchers. In considering the nature of political economcy and state building in the 1500-1800, the discussions of Marks leads one to understand that the East was more culturally conservative. Countries such as China are represented to have had ways and means to trade in different forms of spices, silver and other commodities which put them in economically good status in the past, but were not as contingency adapatable as Europe was. Marks furthermore states that nations such as China were also deprived when it came to some fortunate accidents motivating their development, as compared to Europe which happened to have the needed coal reserves at the time of the industrial uprisings, thus helping them better in building their states (Marks). The writing of Marks claims a historiographical position of uniqueness. There is certainly an element of uniqueness presented in the discussons of the accidental fortunes in history.
Perdue in the discussions of the Qing dynasty presents a combination of many researchers. In presenting the discussions of the different ideas of the Qing, the expansions of frontiers that were cosndiered and the interventions needed from affluent provinces, the discussions of Perdue actually presents a picture of China that is much different from what other researchers do. Called a ‘Old crazy, first rate man of war’ by its European counterparts; China has indeed considered many strategic elements in its state rule than what Western researchers might give credit to (Perdue). The website ‘China and Europe’ also presents a very unique analysis in that contemporary vantage points of comparions are actually introduced. Comparing the productivity of China and the Europe in the 1500-1800 based on history is like drawing similar data sets from existing vessels and comparing them on historical agendas, but when newer perspectives are drawn as is done on the website, the comparisons become meaningful.