Are people and countries being left behind by “globalization?” The answer, undoubtedly, is yes. In 1960, per capita GDP in the richest twenty countries was eighteen times that of the poorest twenty countries. By 1995, this gap had widened to almost forty times. Evidence also exists which shows that wage disparities between skilled and unskilled workers are rising in many developing countries (particularly in middle-income Latin American countries) and in the developed world, too. In Mexico, for example, the gap rose by 40% between the mid-eighties and the mid-nineties
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At least 15 million people today are stateless, and millions more are threatened with national exclusion. The issue of statelessness thus demands urgent attention, as do works of history that shed light on the problem.
review two works of history tracing the evolution of the problem and the role of modern states in creating it.