(This is a great story I used as introduction to a DMin paper I wrote last year. Hope you enjoy it. — Chuck)
As Europe emerged from the Dark Ages, China was the undisputed master of the eastern world. Chinese culture was centuries ahead of European culture. While the library of the king of England contained a dozen books, China boasted public bookstores with printed volumes for sale. China’s army was immense and its navy was the most superior ocean-going fleet in the world.