Dr. Blaut is a professor of geography at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois 60607–7138.
ENVIRONMENTALISM AND EUROCENTRISM
Version of Record online: 21 APR 2010
1999 American Geographical Society
Volume 89, Issue 3, pages 391–408, July 1999
How to Cite
BLAUT, J. M. (1999), ENVIRONMENTALISM AND EUROCENTRISM. Geographical Review, 89: 391–408. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.1999.tb00225.x
- Issue online: 21 APR 2010
- Version of Record online: 21 APR 2010
- Jared Diamond;
- David Landes
ABSTRACT. Environmental determinism has served to validate a Eurocentric world history for several centuries, and it continues to do so today. This essay looks briefly at the historical marriage between environmental determinism and Eurocentric history, then develops a detailed critique of the environmental determinism put forward in two recent world-history books: Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997) and David Landes's The Wealth and Poverty of Nations (1998).