Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

480 pages | Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, 1999 | Language: English | ISBN: 0393317552 | pdf 3.39 MB

Jared Diamond is professor of geography at UCLA. He is recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and has been awarded a 1999 National Medal of Science.

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Jared Diamond argues that both geography and the environment played major roles in determining the shape of the modern world. This argument runs counter to the usual theories that cite biology as the crucial factor. Diamond claims that the cultures that were first able to domesticate plants and animals were then able to develop writing skills, as well as make advances in the creation of government, technology, weaponry, and immunity to disease.

From the publisher
Why did Eurasians conquer, displace, or decimate Native Americans, Australians, and Africans, instead of the other way around? In this groundbreaking work, an evolutionary biologist dismantles racially-based theories and reveals the environmental factors actually responsible for history's broadest patterns. A whirlwind tour through 13,000 years of human history, beginning when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire population. Here is a truly a world history, brilliantly written and radically new.