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FREE PDF ⚼ La Condition tropicale ç Dans cet ardent plaidoyer pour les tropiques, Francis Hall d fend une conception des basses latitudes rebours des analyses actuelles Ces r gions, qui ont ses yeux une importance bien sup rieure celle qu habituellement on leur conc de, constituent pour la plan te tout enti re une r f rence, un berceau, un moteur Cette position, qui va de soi dans de nombreux domaines climat, biologie, diversit ethnologique, maladies, techniques agricoles , conserve toute sa pertinence en conomie avant d tre colonis es, les populations tropicales ne respectaient elles pas l environnement mieux que ne le font aujourd hui les pays riches, victimes de leur surd veloppement La question ici en jeu, rarement soulev e, est donc d ordre plan taire c est celle de l in galit conomique entre les tropiques et les latitudes temp r es Pour tenter d y r pondre, et apr s avoir d nonc les contre v rit s des ignobles et tenaces th ories racistes, l auteur s attache valuer les facteurs politiques esclavage, colonisation, n ocolonialisme , mais ceux ci, recevables pour les p riodes r centes, ne permettent pas d lucider, dans une vaste perspective historique, l origine de ces in galit s entre les latitudes Il avance alors une hypoth se biologique fond e sur la sensibilit de l homme aux variations de longueur des jours, celle ci expliquerait les diff rences comportementales qui, entre les tropiques et les latitudes temp r es, influencent profond ment les structures psychologiques, les progr s scientifiques et les constructions sociales Face aux d r glements actuels changement climatique, mont e du niveau des mers, d forestation tropicale, pollution, rosion de la biodiversit , puisement des ressources, p nurie d eau potable , face aux r flexes colonisateurs attis s par la mondialisation et la survivance du racisme, il est urgent de mettre au c ur du d bat cette condition de l homme tropical Having worked a little in remote villages in Africa, I was perplexed by why the people cannot even feed themselves No one seemed to have good answers It s the Third World doesn t explain anything People have been living there for thousands of years They must have had some way of surviving.This book is a bizarre attempt to answer the question It is either the ravings of a demented man or one of the most important books written anywhere in the last few years The author is a botanical scien Having worked a little in remote villages in Africa, I was perplexed by why the people cannot even feed themselves No one seemed to have good answers It s the Third World doesn t explain anything People have been living there for thousands of years They must have had some way of surviving.This book is a bizarre attempt to answer the question It is either the ravings of a demented man or one of the most important books written anywhere in the last few years The author is a botanical scientist who claims to know why the poor countries are poor and what to do about it He goes over various existing theories, including Jared Diamond s He posits his own about circadian rhythms that sounds nutty to me His explanations of various other factors do make a lot of sense though In particular, he gets into agro forestry, which was the organized, sustainable exploitation farming, hunting, gathering of supplies, etc of the rain forest before the removal of the wild jungle to make way for modern style farming I am giving a provisional five star rating in the hopes of getting someone with the proper expertise to read and evaluate this book I don t know enough about botany farming etc to judge what is real here Also the rambling writing is a chore But if there is something valid here,people need to know about it