Has the Gap Between the Rich and the Poor Worldwide Grown Larger Over the Centuries?
According to the economic historian Angus Maddison, in 1820 the world's most advanced economy was about five times as rich as its poorest. By 1913, this ratio was perhaps 13 to one. By 1950, it had reached 33 to one. Today, the combination of continuing growth in the world's richest country, the US, with burgeoning population and constant warfare in what may well be its poorest, the Democratic Republic of Congo, has brought this ratio to above 100 to one. The world's jurisdictional disintegration creates two big challenges for its integrating economy.
comments powered by Disqus
- King Tut had overbite, club foot because his parents were brother and sister
- Prehistoric humans were far smarter than previously assumed
- Priests race to save manuscripts from jihadists in Iraq
- Where Mud Is Archaeological Gold, Russian History Grew on Trees
- Conflict Uncovers a Ukrainian Identity Crisis Over Deep Russian Roots
- Highlights of the recent Oral History Association Meeting
- Rick Perlstein response to Sam Tanenhaus's complaint that he's an aggregator
- Thai historian faces charges for daring to challenge a story about a royal king
- It's Rick Perlstein vs. Judith Stein in a Three Round Fight
- Park Honan, a Biographer of Authors, Is Dead at 86