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

Author: Jared M Diamond
Publisher: New York : Norton, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 20th Anniversary editionView all editions and formats
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The author dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors he feels are responsible for history's broadest patterns.
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Genre/Form: History
Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jared M Diamond
ISBN: 9780393354324 0393354326
OCLC Number: 975487419
Awards: Pulitzer prize for general nonfiction.
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 --
Who are the Japanese? 2003 afterword: Guns, germs, and steel today.
Responsibility: Jared Diamond.

Abstract:

The author dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors he feels are responsible for history's broadest patterns.
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