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Was the Poverty of Africa predetermined in 1000 BC? Pre-colonial Factors in African Development
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Bias against history in Africa analysis Aid agencies fighting poverty in Africa are prone to stress determinants of poverty that they can change. Bias towards stressing recent determinants of African poverty (e.g. actions of African governments and aid agencies since independence) rather than long-run factors (historical determinants of poverty) Centralized aid agencies prefer “one size fits all” solutions to poverty. If history is important, each region has different solutions to its own poverty.
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Historical factors Pre-colonial Technology history Ancient states or lack thereof
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In 1976, archeologists unearthed a ceramic vase in Bronocice, Poland. The pot, which was carbon-dated to 3500BC, showed a picture of a wheeled cart. They had just found the earliest documented evidence of the wheel. Some anonymous individuals had stumbled across the Wheel at least independently at least in two other sites, in the Caucasus and Mesopotamia. The wheel spread through most of Europe, the Middle East, India, and China by 1000 BC, but did not reach Africa, the Western Hemisphere, the Pacific, or significant parts of Asia.
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Technology History (Comin et al. 2009)
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Europe’s technological advantage, which stems from more complex specialized societies, arose because crops and animals were domesticated earlier and in more varieties than in other parts of the world. The Fertile Crescent was the first and contained the most
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This note was uploaded on 11/07/2011 for the course ECON GA.3001.1. taught by Professor Williameasterly during the Fall '11 term at NYU.

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