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June 08, 2015

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Maybe the Hopkins thesis needs to be flipped. Maybe intra-Africans wars arose because of increased commodity prices and desire for control over the increasing rents? And this may have also facilitated the opening of the door to European conquest?

As I recall, it only became possible to colonize Africa once tropical medicine had developed adequately -- before then it didn't matter how many Europeans showed up or how great of a technological edge they had, they mostly died of various horrific jungle fevers within a year or so.

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