We're taught that the modern world began around the time of Columbus. I did a post recently suggesting that the modern world began when people moved off their farms and joined the Industrial Revolution and tossed inherited royalty and monarchs out of office, meaning much more recently than the Renaissance.
I've given it some more thought, and I'm at the conclusion that China for the most part is still living in a medieval society, and China is a pretty large chunk of the world, having dozens, even hundreds of people in it. So a huge chunk of the world is still medieval. For Christ's sake, they don't even watch tv!
But China is quickly entering the modern world and leaving medievalism behind. They'll be right up there with us most likely by next Wednesday the way they're going. Did you know that every single day four million more Chinese buy their first car?
I think the Arab world is also semi-medieval. Also, the Arab world is semi-way beyond us in modernity. Between camels and zillion dollar hotels, the Arab world is an anomaly. It is poised between the 12th Century and the 22nd.
Afghanistan will soon zoom into the 4th Century. I hear they have discovered the camel and will soon invent the wheel. They are still whipping women in the street for showing a little ankle.