Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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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.

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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)
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  • File Size: 1188 KB
  • Print Length: 488 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099302780
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (October 23, 2009)
  • Publication Date: April 17, 1999
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000VDUWMC
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