Lesson 2

January 15, 2015 at 1:16 pm  •  Posted in s15-econ491 by  •  0 Comments

Thu, Jan 15



Jared Diamond’s theories on economic development presented in Guns, Germs & Steel

  • Not much economic disparity during Hunter-Gatherer times
  • Agricultural Revolution in the Fertile Crescent
  • Food Surplus allowed specialization and technology development
    • Farming, animal domestication, steel, weapons
    • Imagine the transition from hunter to farmer to technologist
  • Geographic dissemination
    • Eurasia facilitated dissemination in comparable climates
    • Not so in Americas, Africa
  • Fertile Crescent was a “hot spot
    • Why?
    • Where are other hot spots through history?
    • Where are the hot spots today?
  • Criticism


  • Complete world geography assessment (in class)
  • Watch Niall Ferguson’s TED Talk
  • Read the Economist and WSJ
  • Think about a term project theme: Place, Industry, Company/Organization/People


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