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I was more thinking of how a country works with core and periphery.

As to why the peripheral countries can not imitate what happened around 1900, I am not sure, but I would note the following clues:

  1. There was a depopulation of the peripheral countries, but in the middle of a population boom. The move mostly went outside Europe in search for cheap land.
  2. Regulatory freedom existed on another level. No EU rules, no WTO rules, few conventions. Peripheral countries could and did shamelessly copy everything found worth copying. Lars Magnus Ericsson founded an empire on copying the telephone.
  3. Not all peripheral countries industrialised in 1830-1920. Which did except Sweden? Switzerland? Netherlands and other colonial powers were the core of their own systems.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sat Dec 25th, 2010 at 11:28:55 AM EST
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