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“He was a proselytizer for a kind of world history that treated every human society with equal dignity and equal weight, interacting with each other and having indigenous processes of change, not simply waiting for the Europeans or the Arabs to arrive.”

—William T. Rowe, John and Diane Cooke Professor of Chinese History and chairman of the Department of History, in The New York Times on the death of Philip D. Curtin, professor emeritus of history and influential scholar of the slave trade and economic history of Africa. Curtin, a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant recipient in 1983 whose memoir, On the Fringes of History, was published in 2005, died June 4 in West Chester, Pa., at the age of 87.

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