Poverty, Population, Inequality, and Development in Historical Perspective
74 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2008 Last revised: 13 Jun 2012
Date Written: June 12, 2012
Seen in historical perspective the main economic predicaments of the present world (such as poverty, inequality, backwardness) appear in a somewhat different light than in many current discussions, especially by sociologists, radical economists and political scientists. In the present paper the achievements of the modern age, and in particular of the post- World War II period, are considered in the perspective of economic and demographic history, and in their connection with the contemporary systems of production and of international relations. Some considerations concerning future possible developments conclude the paper.
Keywords: poverty, population, development, distribution, inequality, extraction ratio, international relations, globalization, transition, colonialism, slavery, Zen economy, migration, economic consequences of war and peace, atomic warfare
JEL Classification: O10, N00, P00, I32, J11
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