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Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies



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Author
Diamond, Jared
Descriptors
Anthropology
Geography
Science
Location/Setting:
Africa
Asia
Australia
Europe, Prehistoric
New Guinea
North America
South America
Time Period:
Various
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Summary
Professor Diamond explores how geography and the raw resources available to early people helped or hindered the formation of human societies. It focuses more on ancient cultures than on cultures of the most recent century. Also to avoid being ethnocentric toward European and American history as many text books are, this book spends a good amount of time looking at each continent and the native people who lived there before being conquered. The author has especially studied New Guineans. A major theme is that it is differences in environments and not the races of peoples that have led certain peoples to gain power over other peoples.
Critique
A great synthesis of scientific disciplines to understand how human societies formed. Very rarely does it get bogged down in technical language. Instead Diamond is able to illustrate his points in compelling and plain terms. The final chapter looking ahead to the future didn't go far enough after the author took time to establish such a strong foundation of understanding. A book with definite educational value.
ISBN
9780393061314
  iBistro
# of Pages
464
Published
2005
Formats
Reviewer's Initials: BB


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