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Vaclav Smil

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

China's Environmental Crisis: An Inquiry into the Limits of National Development


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This blend of history, sociology, political science and economics argues that the key factor determining the quality of race relations in the US is economic: When economic equality spreads so do social and political equality. Conversely, economic downturns and widening income disparities promote political inequality, polarizing blacks and whites.
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