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  • The End of Development

  • By Brooks, Andrew
  • Pages 208
  • ISBN 9781786990228
  • Why did some countries grow rich while others remained poor? Human history unfolded differently across the globe. The world is separated in to places of poverty and prosperity. Tracing the long arc of human history from hunter gatherer societies to the early twenty first century, Andrew Brooks rejects popular explanations for the divergence of nations. This accessible and illuminating volume shows how the wealth of ‘the West’ and poverty of ‘the rest’ stem not from environmental factors or some unique European cultural, social or technological qualities, but from the expansion of colonialism and the rise of America. Rather than address the root causes of inequality, international aid projects exacerbated the problems of an uneven world by imposing crippling debts and destructive neoliberal policies on poor countries. But this flawed form of development is now coming to an end, as the emerging economies of Asia and Africa begin to assert themselves on the world stage. Brooks argues that we must now seize the opportunity afforded by today’s changing economic geography to develop radical new approaches to addressing global poverty.