by R. Brian Roser At the end of the 18th century, China was on top of the world. They had invented: paper, movable type, the compass, gunpowder and nail polish. They had built canals hundreds of miles long. They were the wealthiest, most populous, most powerful nation in the world. When the British sent a trade ambassador to the emperor in 1793, he was told … Continue reading History Lessons: What happened to China?