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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

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In this Pulitzer Prize winner, Diamond dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history's broadest patterns.
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
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Why 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."
Jared Diamond is professor of geography at UCLA and author of the best-selling Collapse and The Third Chimpanzee. He is a MacArthur Fellow and was awarded the National Medal of Science.
a brilliantly written, passionate whirlwind tour through 13,000 years of history.
Author
Jared Diamond
Playing time
990
Language
English
ISBN-10
0307932427
ISBN-13
9780307932426
Media
Audio Product
Format
Compact Disc
DEWEY
303.4
Short Title
GUNS GERMS & STEEL 13D
Residence
Los Angeles, CA, US
Affiliation
UCLA University of California, Los Angeles UCLA
Series
Random House Audiobooks
Narrator
Doug Ordunio
Imprint
Random House Audiobooks
Subtitle
The Fate of Human Societies
Place of Publication
New York
Country of Publication
United States
Birth
1950
Publisher
Random House Audio Publishing Group
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