In this systematic introduction to the contemporary history of what has become known as the “Third World,” professor Mike Mason poses a double-barrelled question: Why have most of the countries of the Third World failed to “develop” in ways that benefit the majority of their populations? And why have their political problems proved so intractable?
Mike Mason has done an outstanding job in integrating diverse intellectual and epistemological traditions into a clear, readable, and sophisticated synthesis. The introductory chapter, which blends a range of development theories, is superb. My students can relate to this book.
– Jorge Nef, University of Guelph