Archive for April 8th, 2010

Thursday, April 8, 2010

What Helps – or Hurts – Development?

There is a good book that I would recommend to anyone who believes China or the Western world is better than the rest of the world: Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond. The author explains why China and the Mediterranean developped faster and better than Africa, America and Oceania, (and then why China stopped evolving at some point of their history). It’s all just a matter of geography and biology. We’re all humans and we would be in the same situation than the people we criticize if we were citizen of their country.

This is how Alex, a Canadian blogger in China, roughly sees the reasons accelerations and slowdowns in regional development. He recommends Jared Diamond‘s Guns, Germs and Steel as a more comprehensive explanation.

It’s an unusually scientific discussion on MyLaowai‘s otherwise refreshingly unscientific blog – and it still can’t replace reading Diamond’s and other authors’ works, of course.

But for a start, a – curt and critical – appraisal of one of Diamond’s lectures, of February 2003.

I suggest that for the sake of consistency, everyone interested should discuss the issue there, rather than here. Everything in the thread before Alex’ comment is as entertaining as usual, but probably beside the development issue.

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