Lecturer in Development Geography, King's College London
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The End of Development

The End of Development

The End of Development: A Global History of Poverty and Prosperity

The End of Development: A Global History of Poverty and Prosperity

The End of Development

A Global History of Poverty and Prosperity

Why did some countries grow rich while others remained poor?

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. Brooks puts the case that international inequality was moulded by capitalist development over the last 500 years.

The End of Development provides a compelling account of how human history unfolded differently in varied regions of the world. Brooks argues that we must now seize the opportunity afforded by today’s changing economic geography to transform attitudes towards inequality and to develop radical new approaches to addressing global poverty, as the alternative is to accept that impoverishment is somehow part of the natural order of things.

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An ambitious and engaging book, challenging readers to go beyond simple depictions of development success or failure to examine how colonialism and capitalism are implicated in current global economic and social inequalities, and to consider alternative futures.
— Katie Willis, Royal Holloway, University of London
t is very difficult to say something new about development, but this book does just that, particularly in providing new insights on Africa: its importance in the distant and recent past, the present and into the future. The unusual combination of history and human stories makes for great reading.
— Gustavo Esteva, co-author of The Future of Development: A Radical Manifesto