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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…    

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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