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Natural Experiments of History

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ISBN-10: 0674060199

ISBN-13: 9780674060197

Edition: 2010

Authors: Jared Diamond, James A. Robinson

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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 4/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Jared Mason Diamond is a physiologist, ecologist, and the author of several popular science books. Born in Boston in 1937, Diamond earned his B.A. at Harvard and his Ph.D. from Cambridge. A distinguished teacher and researcher, Diamond is well-known for the columns he contributes to the widely read magazines Natural History and Discover. Diamond's book The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal was heralded for its accessibility and for its blending of science and social science. The interdisciplinary Guns, Germs and Steel--Diamond's examination of the relationship between scientific technology and economic disparity--won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize. Diamond has won a McArthur Foundation Fellowship in addition to several smaller awards for his science and writing.

James A. Robinson is Professor of Government, Harvard University.

Prologue
Controlled Comparison and Polynesian Cultural Evolution
Exploding Wests: Boom and Bust in Nineteenth-Century Settler Societies
Politics, Banking, and Economic Development: Evidence from New World Economies
Intra-Island and Inter-Island Comparisons
Shackled to the Past: The Causes and Consequences of Africa's Slave Trades
Colonial Land Tenure, Electoral Competition, and Public Goods in India
From Ancien R�gime to Capitalism: The Spread of the French Revolution as a Natural Experiment
Afterword: Using Comparative Methods in Studies of Human History
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