Monday, March 05, 2012

African Subjugation Part Two: The Equatorial Conundrum

Obviously southern (equatorial) civilizations lagged way behind northern "Western" civilizations economically and technologically heading into the twentieth century, which led to subjugation, which led to the backwards and broken societies we have today. What I don't understand exactly is how, when, and why the equatorial part of the world fell behind. The only explanation I've heard is that the colder weather of the North forced its peoples to develop the technology to combat the cold while simultaneously restricting them from depending on purely agrarian pursuits. Anyone who could shed some more light on this topic and/or recommend a book or other source of information would be greatly appreciated. Anthropology, geography, and history majors - we're looking at you.

4 Comments:

Blogger 81Trucolors said...

Guns Germs and Steel is what you're looking for:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guns,_Germs,_and_Steel

8:51 AM  
Blogger TheGraveWolf said...

You can borrow our copy of GG&S when you get back if you want Luna.

11:36 AM  
Blogger Spencetron said...

On a completely unrelated note, pertaining to your future travels, have you asked Nate if you've been in any of his dreams lately?

12:43 PM  
Blogger Nate said...

Tom you wan Guns Germs and Steel -- I also have a copy

11:15 AM  

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