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    DescriptionWhy 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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    Title
    Guns, Germs, and Steel
    Subtitle
    The Fates of Human Societies
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Professor of Geography Jared Diamond, Read by Doug Ordunio
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 150 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Weight: 381 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307932426
    ISBN 10: 0307932427
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
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    B&T General Subject: 750
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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    DC22: 303.4
    Ingram Subject Code: JN
    Libri: I-JN
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    LC classification: H
    Abridged Dewey: 300
    BISAC V2.8: SOC015000
    DC21: 303.4
    B&T Approval Code: A14500000
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    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    07 June 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    a brilliantly written, passionate whirlwind tour through 13,000 years of history.