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development of the country.” (Europe in the Russian Mirror:
Four Lectures in Economic History, 1970 p. 89). There is a huge amount of similar evidence, see Daron Acemoglu and
James A. Robinson (2006) “Economic Backwardness in Political
Perspective” American Political Science Review,A 100, 115-131. Analysis: L
James A. Robinson (Harvard)
The Emergence of Modern Economic Growth:
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September 28, 2009 The Mayan City States
One of the most famous instances of the rise and decline of a
civilization is that of the Mayan city states in the area of Southern
Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Western Honduras.
Mayan cities began to develop around 500BCE. The early cities failed
some time in the …rst century AD but at the same time a new
model’emerged which created the foundations for the
Classic Era between 250 and 900AD. This period marks the full
‡owering of Mayan culture and civilization.
The Mayans had writing, a very sophisticated calendar, occupational
specialization with skilled potters, weavers, woodworkers, tool and
ornament makers, they t...
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