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Environmentalism and Eurocentrism
James M. Blaut
Vol. 89, No. 3 (Jul., 1999), pp. 391-408
Published by: American Geographical Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/216157
Page Count: 18
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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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