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Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies - Jared Diamond
Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
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With a new chapter. The phenomenal bestseller; over 1.5 million copies sold; is now a major PBS special.Winner 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... show more
With a new chapter. The phenomenal bestseller; over 1.5 million copies sold; is now a major PBS special.Winner 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. 32 illustrations
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780393061314 (0393061310)
Publisher: W.W. Norton
Pages no: 528
Edition language: English
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My Reading Temple ♥
My Reading Temple ♥ rated it
3.5 Interessante ma pedante.
Molto interessante, senza ombra di dubbio. Ho appreso molte cose che non sapevo, soprattutto su folklore e sui popoli polinesiani..purtroppo però, mi è sembrato spesso ripetitivo e a volte anche abbastanza "scontato". Forse, prefiggersi un compito così impegnativo come quello di riuscire a capire co...
Betsy's Non-Blog
Betsy's Non-Blog rated it
5.0 Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Took me a year and a half to read this book. Not only because I'm a slow reader, though I am. But it was so long and there were so many other activities and books clamoring for my attention, that I got sidetracked several times. But it was worth coming back to. It's a fascinating study of how hu...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
4.0 Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies - Jared Diamond
Diamond explains why some groups of humans have done well based on local circumstances: material resources, pathogens, human migratory patterns, that sort of thing. It's such a useful and non-racist theory that it holds immediate appeal. I've no idea how well it's withstood research over the past tw...
Just Another Reader
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4.0 Guns, Germs, and Steel
Guns, Germs, and Steel came from the question the author was asked as to why Europeans dominated the world and built empires over the last 600 years as opposed to other societies. For a just over 400 page book, the author answers it pretty well. The book is pretty dense and took a fair amount of t...
bookaneer
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5.0 How To Take Over The World In One Simple Step
Step 1: Be born into the right environment. Germs, Guns, and Steel attempts to answer one of the more uncomfortable questions of history: why on earth did some civilizations dominate others? Ignoring the various power-struggles that occurred within each continent, why was it the Eurasian explorer...
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