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How the West Got Rich

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University of Toronto St. George
Political Science
Jeffrey Kopstein

How the West Got Rich Jan. 24, 2011 Weber- Protestant Ethic -Why is it that some areas are rich and some areas are poor? -Max Weber: -Father of modern sociology -professor in Germany -social-scientist -spoke 12 languages -asked really interesting questions Why did the West Get Rich? -Theory 1- They stole it: imperialism -they came to North America and stole all the wealth and exploited the Natives -Ex. Christopher Columbus -Problem: why didnt they steal it from us first? -Why didnt the Natives come to Spain and steal it from us? -If they come have they would have! -What are the origins of technological superiority? -Why did the West become the most powerful place in the history of the world? Why did England more specifically become the most powerful country in the world? * -Theory 2- Weather: warming up of Europe after 15 century -Problem: why didnt warm areas get rich first? -cold areas got rich first not the warm ones Max Weber -What was it about northwest part of Europe that made it unique? -Weber noticed it was Protestant. The answer is Protestantism and Capitalism.
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