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SOSC 2800 Lecture 2: Week 2 - History od Development I
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Department
Social Science
Course
SOSC 2800
Professor
Merouan Mekouar
Semester
Fall

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SOSC 2800 - Development in Comparative and Historical Perspective September 19, 2016 Week 2: The Colonial Legacy • Recommendations of the week o Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond (1997) o Why Nations Fail by Acemoglu and Robinson (2012) o The Battle of Algiers by Gillo Pontecorvo (1966) The imposition of colonial rule • Created a new global order • Different forms depending on location, timing, and nature of local societies • Made possible through: o Technology o Pattern of State development Colonialism in the Americas • Brutal destruction of most native societies • Temperate vs. tropical regions • Lasting consequences of the slave trade • Unique Latin American experience o Early independence o Native subordination o Class politics Colonialism in Asia • Strong indigenous societies • Divide and rule strategies o Ex: India • Substantive independence o China, Japan and to a lesser extent, the ME. SOSC 2800 - Development in Comparative and Historical Perspective September 19, 2016 Quotes from Notable People • Charles Dickens: "I wish I were commander-in-chief in India ... I should proclaim to them that I considered my holding that appointment by the leave of God, to mean that I should do my utmost to exterminate the race." • Karl Marx: "The question is not whether the English had a right to conquer India
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