Fridge / The Years of Rice and Salt

  • Fridge Brilliance: Why is there a Renaissance and an Industrial Revolution very similar to the ones in our timeline on a world without Europeans? Because these changes were not European. They were caused by people who were reincarnated, like the main characters in the book.
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