Lesson 2: World Regions and Theories of Uneven Economic Development

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January 18, 2017 at 9:00 am  •  Posted in s17-econ320 by  •  0 Comments

Wed, Jan 18

Review:

  • Syllabus
  • World Map Exercise
  • Guns, Germs and Steel

Presentation:

  • World Regions
    • Continents
    • Global Sales Territory Partition (typical) in Business
      • Americas
      • EMEA
      • Asia Pacific
    • World Bank Regions
    • The Plaid Avenger (John Boyer) – World Regions
    • regions_vid
    • Regions we will cover
      • Europe (Western Europe + Eastern Europe)
      • Middle East (Middle East/North Africa + Turkey)
      • Russia and Central Asia (Russia + Central Asia)
      • South Asia (South Asia)
      • East Asia (East Asia + Japan + Southeast Asia)
      • Central America (Mexico, Central America and Caribbean)
      • South America (South America)
  • 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
      • Why the fertile crescent? Wheat, Climate, Livestock
    • 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”
      • Where are other hot spots through history?
      • Where are the hot spots today?
    • Criticism

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