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Environmentalism and Eurocentrism

James M. Blaut
Geographical Review
Vol. 89, No. 3 (Jul., 1999), pp. 391-408
DOI: 10.2307/216157
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/216157
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

Environmental determinism has served to validate a Eurocentric world history for several centuries, and it continues to do so today. This essay looks briefly at the historical marriage between environmental determinism and Eurocentric history, then develops a detailed critique of the environmental determinism put forward in two recent world-history books: Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997) and David Landes's The Wealth and Poverty of Nations (1998).

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