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Disease and Diversity in Long-term Economic Development

  title={Disease and Diversity in Long-term Economic Development},
  author={J. Birchenall},
  • J. Birchenall
  • Published 2014
  • Ethnographic data on large and impressive structures and archeological censuses of cities suggest that during the pre-colonial era, sub-Saharan Africa lacked widespread state-consolidated power typical of large tributary empires such as the Incas and the Aztecs in tropical America. Ethnographic data also suggest that disease (i.e., environmentally-determined pathogen stress) limited pre-colonial economic development and state consolidation partly through a promoting of ethnic diversity. The… CONTINUE READING

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