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Ok, IQfy, no copium this time. What was the first country in the world to have ever reached "developed" status?

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  1. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    China

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      Tang dynasty? Ming dynasty? Early Republican? Mao era? Deng era? Jiang era? Hu era? Xi era?

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      >THE intellectual discovery of China was one of the achievements of the Enlightenment. “These peoples,” Diderot wrote of the Chinese, “are superior to all other Asiatics in antiquity, art, intellect, wisdom, policy, and in their taste for philosophy; nay, in the judgment of certain authors, they dispute the palm in these matters with the most enlightened peoples of Europe.”1a “The body of this empire,” said Voltaire, “has existed four thousand years, without having undergone any sensible alteration in its laws, customs, language, or even in its fashions of apparel. . . . The organization of this empire is in truth the best that the world has ever seen.”2 This respect of scholars has survived closer acquaintance, and in some contemporary observers it has reached the pitch of humble admiration. Count Keyserling, in one of the most instructive and imaginative books of our time, concludes that altogether the most perfect type of humanity as a normal phenomenon has been elaborated in ancient China . . . China has created the highest universal culture of being hitherto known . . . The greatness of China takes hold of and impresses me more and more . . . The great men of this country stand on a higher level of culture than ours do; . . . these gentlemenI . . . stand on an extraordinarily high level as types; especially their superiority impresses me. . . . How perfect the courtesy of the cultured Chinaman! . . . China’s supremacy of form is unquestionable in all circumstances. . . . The Chinaman is perhaps the profoundest of all men.3

  2. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Sumer

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      >19th century pre-colonial South-Central Africa-tier civilization

  3. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    If by “first world” we mean mass-literacy, low-infant mortality and generally having modern institutions like universal education, professional armies, commercial capitalism and parliamentary rule of law then probably Prussia.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      What was the Kingdom of Prussia's HDI before German unification? 0.6? 0.7?

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        As soon as it ate the left bank of the Rhine after the Napoleonic wars it would have dwarfed the HDI of any other German states except the little free cities like Hamburg and Bremen.

  4. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Developed is a subjective term.
    A flea seems developed as opposed to an amoeba.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      >0.85 HDI. +75 year life expectancy, low infant mortality rate, near-universal literacy rates for both sexes, high GDP per capita.

  5. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    france

  6. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Either England or Germany.

  7. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Depends on your definition, could be Britain in the 19th century or America in the 20th. Parts of America in the postwar era resembled what we would consider developed today, maybe 1947.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      Britain in the 19th century was basically post-Deng China tier. The most industrious country in the world by a long shot but also a hellish place full of slums, wage-slavery and relatively low literacy by Northern European standards.

  8. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    50s USA

  9. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Babylon

  10. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    arguably france
    i mean, they experienced a stagnant population rate earlier than other European countries by the time of the industrial revolution

  11. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    The criteria for "developed" is heavily dependant on context
    Egypt was arguably the first developed country of the ancient world
    Greece was the first developed country of the classical world
    Constantinople was the first developed country of the medieval world
    Italy was the first developed country of the renaissance world
    England was the first developed country of the Early Modern world
    The United States was the first developed country of the Modern world
    Japan was the first developed country of the postmodern world

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      That sounds like relativist nonsense to me.
      A country is only developed if it fulfills these criteria:

      If by “first world” we mean mass-literacy, low-infant mortality and generally having modern institutions like universal education, professional armies, commercial capitalism and parliamentary rule of law then probably Prussia.

      >mass-literacy, low-infant mortality and generally having modern institutions like universal education
      Literacy rates in England didn't rise above about 70% for males and 50% for females till around the late 19th century, when it got to about 96% for both sexes. Infant mortality rates in the UK didn't drop beneath 100 child deaths per 100,000 people till the 1930s.

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