The Bactra Review   The First Moderns
That probably sounds absurd, but actually a very sensible case can be made for it. See Mark Elvin, The Pattern of the Chinese Past: A Social and Economic Interpretation (Palo Alto, California: Stanford University Press, 1975), and especially William H. McNeill, The Pursuit of Power: Technology, Armed Force and Society since A.D. 1000 (University of Chicago Press, 1982).