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    DescriptionWinner of the Pulitzer Prize, Guns, Germs, and Steel is a brilliant work answering the question of why the peoples of certain continents succeeded in invading other continents and conquering or displacing their peoples. This edition includes a new chapter on Japan and all-new illustrations drawn from the television series. Until around 11,000 BC, all peoples were still Stone Age hunter/gatherers. At that point, a great divide occurred in the rates that human societies evolved. In Eurasia, parts of the Americas, and Africa, farming became the prevailing mode of existence when indigenous wild plants and animals were domesticated by prehistoric planters and herders. As Jared Diamond vividly reveals, the very people who gained a head start in producing food would collide with preliterate cultures, shaping the modern world through conquest, displacement, and genocide.The paths that lead from scattered centers of food to broad bands of settlement had a great deal to do with climate and geography. But how did differences in societies arise? Why weren't native Australians, Americans, or Africans the ones to colonize Europe? Diamond dismantles pernicious racial theories tracing societal differences to biological differences. He assembles convincing evidence linking germs to domestication of animals, germs that Eurasians then spread in epidemic proportions in their voyages of discovery. In its sweep, Guns, Germs and Steel encompasses the rise of agriculture, technology, writing, government, and religion, providing a unifying theory of human history as intriguing as the histories of dinosaurs and glaciers.


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    Title
    Guns Germs and Steel
    Subtitle
    The Fates of Human Societies
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jared Diamond
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 181 mm
    Height: 238 mm
    Thickness: 39 mm
    Weight: 956 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780393061314
    ISBN 10: 0393061310
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: WZ
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    BIC subject category V2: HB
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    Ingram Theme: APPR/AWARD
    B&T General Subject: 520
    DC22: 303.4
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000, SOC015000
    DC21: 303.4
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    LC classification: HM206 .D48 2005
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000, HIS039000
    Thema V1.0: RGC, JHM, NHTB
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Publisher
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    06 December 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    Fascinating and extremely important... [A] synopsis doesn't do credit to the immense subtlety of this book. --David Brown"