Guns, Germs, and Steel

Guns, Germs, and Steel : The Fates of Human Societies


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Why did Eurasians conquer, displace, or decimate Native Americans, Australians, and Africans, instead of the reverse? Evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history's broadest patterns. The story begins 13,000 years ago, when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population. Around that time, the paths of development of human societies on different continents began to diverge greatly. Early domestication of wild plants and animals in the Fertile Crescent, China, Mesoamerica, the Andes, and other areas gave peoples of those regions a head start. Only societies that advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage acquired a potential for developing writing, technology, government, and organized religions--as well as those nasty germs and potent weapons of war. It was those societies, that expanded to new homelands at the expense of other peoples. The most familiar examples involve the conquest of non-European peoples by Europeans in the last 500 years, beginning with voyages in search of precious metals and spices, and often leading to invasion of native lands and decimation of native inhabitants.

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  • CD-Audio
  • 130 x 150 x 42mm | 381.02g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0307932427
  • 9780307932426
  • 94,595

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"Few writers could ever take so complex a subject and render it as palatable and memorable as Professor Diamond."

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About Professor of Geography Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond, professor of geography at the University of California at Los Angeles, is the author of the bestselling "Collapse" and "The Third Chimpanzee." He began his scientific career in physiology and expanded into evolutionary biology and biogeography. Diamond has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

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