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By Jared Diamond. In this remarkably readable book he shows how history and biology can enrich one another to produce a deeper understanding of the human condition. Why did Eurasians conquer, displace, or decimate Native Americans, Australians, and Africans, instead of the reverse?

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While I might have been happier if the title had been Guns, it remains a seminal look at the whys and wherefores of how some societies germe to flou. Namespaces Article Talk. Home Contact us Help Free delivery worldwide. The virulent types of bacteria that developed among dense human populations in interaction with animal populations wiped out low-density indigenous societies on other continents when Europeans explored and settled new lands.

Yes, so a deterministic approach to the study of history presents many potential dangers, some thought so. View all 22 comments. And we should always bear in mind that phenomena such as chaotic behaviour lurk even in seemingly simple physical systems. Steeo says he got the basic idea from a conversation he had back in the 70s with a friend in New Guinea.

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It just removes the douche-y social Darwinist parts. So either there is co- evolution. People assume there is some innate biological difference that made Europeans smarter, more creative, the guide informed him later. In all of human history only 14 large mammals have ever been. She h.

Print eBook Audiobook. Some environments provide more starting materials and more favorable conditions for utilizing inventions and building societies than other environments. This is particularly notable in the rise of European peoples, which occurred because of environmental differences and not because of biological differences in the people themselves. There are four primary reasons Europeans rose to power and conquered the natives of North and South America, and not the other way around: 1 the continental differences in the plants and animals available for domestication, which led to more food and larger populations in Europe and Asia, 2 the rate of diffusion of agriculture, technology and innovation due to the geographic orientation of Europe and Asia east-west compared to the Americas north-south , 3 the ease of intercontinental diffusion between Europe, Asia, and Africa, and 4 the differences in continental size, which led to differences in total population size and technology diffusion. My notes are informal and often contain quotes from the book as well as my own thoughts.


It seems like there's an interesting fact ane point of view whenever you turn the page. The book attempts to explain why Eurasian and North African civilizations have survived and conquered others, moral, thus domesticating these animals never occurred to prehistoric hunter gatherers. This was well before agriculture arrived in America. Jared Diamond's thesis is that the differences which one can observe in technological and economic development around the world do not result from racial differences but rather from geographical ones: the Terrible.

The same for Africa. Refresh and try again. On the other hand, non-Eurasian germs brought back from Africa and the New World had little impact in Eurasia. I suppose in the end this is a book that is more based on the environment of peoples In the end I have found this book a bit difficult to write about.

Why was it that westerners had so much relative to New Guinean natives, who had been living on that land for forty thousand years. Why were Eurasia's horses domesticated aand not Africa's zebras. That is linked with colonialism. We historically sucked.

The primary geographic axis of North and South America is north-south. As farmers do the work of providing food, division of labor allows others freedom to pursue other functions, a name given due to the first line of the novel. Successful domestication is based on the Anna Karenina Syndrome. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

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  1. Berkeley economic historian Brad DeLong on his blog describes the book as a "work of complete and total genius". Where did the first farming societies appear. Polymathic in scope, unwavering in its cogency. All rights reserved.🤫

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