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Guns, germs, and steel : the fates of human societies

Author: Jared M Diamond
Publisher: New York : Norton, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
This book attempts to provide a short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years. The question motivating the book is: Why did history unfold differently on different continents? In case this question immediately makes you shudder at the thought that you are about to read a racist treatise, you aren't as you will see, the answers to the question don't involve human racial differences at all. The book's emphasis  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jared M Diamond
ISBN: 0393317552 9780393317558
OCLC Number: 61484921
Notes: Afterword dated 2003: cf. p. 426.
Awards: Pulitzer Prize, General Nonfiction, 1998.
Description: 494 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Yali's question: The regionally differing courses of history --
From Eden to Cajamarca. Up to the starting line: What happened on all the continents before 11,000 B.C.? --
A natural experiment of history: How geography molded societies on Polynesian islands --
Collision at Cajamarca: Why the Inca emperor Atahuallpa did not capture King Charles I of Spain --
The rise and spread of food production. Farmer power: The roots of guns, germs, and steel --
History's haves and have-nots: Geographic differences in the onset of food production --
To farm or not to farm: Causes of the spread of food production --
How to make an almond: The unconscious development of ancient crops --
Apples or Indians: Why did peoples of some regions fail to domesticate plants? --
Zebras, unhappy marriages, and the Anna Karenina principle: Why were most big wild mammal species never domesticated? --
Spacious skies and tilted axes: Why did food production spread at different rates on different continents? --
From food to guns, germs, and steel. Lethal gift of livestock: The evolution of germs --
Blueprints and borrowed letters: The evolution of writing --
Necessity's mother: The evolution of technology --
From egalitarianism to kleptocracy: The evolution of government and religion --
Around the world in five chapters. Yali's people: The histories of Australia and New Guinea --
How China became Chinese: The history of East Asia --
Speedboat to Polynesia: The history of Austronesian expansion --
Hemispheres colliding: The histories of Eurasia and the Americas compared --
How Africa became black: The history of Africa --
The future of human history as a science --
2003 afterword: Guns, germs, and steel today.
Responsibility: Jared Diamond ; [with a new afterword about the modern world].
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"Fascinating... Lays a foundation for understanding human history."-Bill Gates  Read more...
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"Artful, informative, and delightful... There is nothing like a radically new angle of vision for bringing out unsuspected dimensions of a subject, and that is what Jared Diamond has done." -- Read more...

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