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Genres :Non-Fiction , Science , Economics
Published By : W.W. Norton
Published On : Jul 11, 2005
ISBN : 0393061310 (ISBN13: 9780393061314)
Format :Hardcover
Language :English
No. of pages : 518
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    “History followed different courses for different peoples because of differences among peoples' environments, not because of biological differences among peoples themselves”
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    “In short, Europe’s colonization of Africa had nothing to do with differences between European and African peoples themselves, as white racists assume. Rather, it was due to accidents of geography and biogeography—in particular, to the continents’ different areas, axes, and suites of wild plant and animal species. That is, the different historical trajectories of Africa and Europe stem ultimately from differences in real estate.”

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