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Explaining what William McNeill called The Rise of the West has become the central problem in the study of global history. In Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond presents the biologist's answer: geography, demography, and ecological happenstance. Diamond evenhandedly reviews human history on every continent since the Ice Age at a rate that emphasizes only the broadest movements of peoples and ideas. Yet his survey is binocular: one eye has the rather distant vision of the evolutionary biologist, while the other eye--and his heart--belongs to the people of New Guinea, where he has done field work for more than 30 years. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Most of this work deals with non-Europeans, but Diamond's thesis sheds light on why Western civilization became hegemonic: "History followed different courses for different peoples because of differences among peoples' environments, not because of biological differences among peoples themselves." Those who domesticated plants and animals early got a head start on developing writing, government, technology, weapons of war, and immunity to deadly germs. (LJ 2/15/97)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Gives a great prospective of how the western civilization beganPublished 6 days ago by Joseph R. Schram
Excellent study of the history of the development of civilizations. Some repetition to make various points. It took me a long time to complete but I found it interesting.Published 8 days ago by Lois A. Rose
Amazing book that dispels a lot of myths and carefully explores the question why did the Spanish conquer Native America, and why it was not the other way around.Published 15 days ago by TA
Really great read and super interesting, the way the author helps put these facts and theories into perspective makes for a fascinating readPublished 15 days ago by justin kemp
This is a brilliant, detailed book about the evolution of societies. It is not light reading, almost a textbook. Read morePublished 22 days ago by John R. Ingrisano
Brilliant and insightful. Thought provoking. Glad I picked it up!
A glimpse into our history as humans and an explanation proposed as to how we ended up where we are today!