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1960s when he came up with the notion that hunter-gatherers were
original a- uent society’ Quite why this was so will become
clearer when we discuss Jared Diamond’ Guns, Germs and Steel in
James A. Robinson (Harvard) The Emergence of Modern Economic Growth: A Comparative and Historical Analysis
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7 / 19 Source: Richard Steckel (2004) “Historical Perspectives on the Standard of Living Using
Anthropometric data” in Edward Wolff ed. What Has Happened to the Quality of Life in Advanced
Industrial Nations, Edward Elgar. Koepke, Nicola and Joerg Baten (2005) “The Biological Standard of Living in Europe during
the last two Millenia,” European Review of Economic History, 9, 61-95. Koepke, Nicola and Joerg Baten (2005) “The Biological Standard of Living in Europe during
the last two Millenia,” European Review of Economic History, 9, 61-95. What the Evidence Suggests
Though any one of these sources of evidence has problems, the
general picture is quite consistent.
Before about 200 years ago there was...
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