How did a single island, Hispaniola, produce nations as different as Haiti and the Dominican Republic? When scientists test theories, they do lab experiments. But what about situations where a quantifiable experiment is impossible? In Natural Experiments of History, Jared Diamond and his co-editor James A. Robinson look at different theories in the social sciences and discuss methodologies of analysis—all in hot pursuit of answers to basic questions: how and why do societies develop the way they do? And, how can experts draw on strengths of different disciplines to paint a complete picture?
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