In this chapter, Professor Sachs discusses the mid-latitudes of Eurasia, which have been at the core of so much global change, technological dynamism, and world power and home to at least three-quarters of the human population. Sachs discusses the climate zones of Eurasia and the “lucky latitudes” using a Köppen-Geiger climate classification map. He discusses trade, agriculture, and technology in the region, as well as the role of natural resources. There was a lot of coal in Eurasia, which allowed for the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in England and development across the rest of the continent.
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