Our Long Walk to Economic Freedom
Lessons from 100,000 Years of Human History
Author(s): Johan Fourie
Publication Date: 04-08-2022
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Our Long Walk to Economic Freedom is an entertaining and engaging guide to global economic history told for the first time from an African perspective. In thirty-five short chapters Johan Fourie tells the story of 100,000 years of human history spanning humankind's migration out of Africa to the Covid-19 pandemic. His unique account reveals just how much we can learn by asking unexpected questions such as 'How could a movie embarrass Stalin?', 'Why do the Japanese play rugby?' and 'What do an Indonesian volcano, Frankenstein and Shaka Zulu have in common?'. The book sheds new light on urgent debates about the roots and reasons for prosperity, the march of opportunity versus the crushing boot of exploitation, and why it is the builders of society – rather than the burglars –who ultimately win out.
- Shifts the view of long-run economic development from a Eurocentric to a more balanced perspective
- Provides a more nuanced understanding of the reasons humans have flourished (or where this flourishing has been delayed) based on new research findings
- For use on global economic history courses to offer an alternative perspective to existing overviews