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

Diamond has written a book of remarkable scope ... one of the most important and readable works on the human past published in recent years.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a national bestseller: the global account of the rise of civilization that is also a stunning refutation of ideas of human development based on race.

In this artful, informative, and delightful (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed writing, technology, government, and organized religion—as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war—and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth Club of Californias Gold Medal
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Guns Germs And Steel Part 2

Inspired by a question put to him on the island of Papua New Guinea more than thirty years ago, Diamond embarks on a world-wide quest to understand the roots of global inequality.
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Guns Germs and Steel: Episode 1- Out of Eden

All rights reserved. Jared Diamond, a National Geographic explorer-in-residence and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, studies how traditional societies around the world treat the aging members of their tribes, and suggests that these cultures have much to teach us about the treatment of our elderly. Why did history unfold differently on different continents? Why has one culture—namely that of Western Europe—dominated the development of the modern world? The physical locations where different cultures have taken root, he claims, have directly affected the ability of those societies to develop key institutions, like agriculture and animal domestication, or to acquire important traits, like immunity to disease.

So many shots of Jared Diamond looking scholarly: peering out windows, looking at maps, walking back and forth, etc. And do they really need to work the title of his book into every other sentence?
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Voiceover: Modern history has been shaped by conquest — the conquest of the world by Europeans. The Conquistadors led the way. A few hundred men came to the New World and decimated the native population. The secret of their success? Guns, Germs and Steel. Ever since, people of European origin have dominated the globe, with the same combination of military power, lethal microbes and advanced technology. But how did they develop these advantages in the first place?

3 thoughts on “Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

  1. New Guineans are clever and adaptive people who have lived on their island for tens of thousands of years, so why did they remain a primitive stone-age society well into the 20th century?

  2. These are questions that Professor Jared Diamond has spent more than 30 years trying to How have guns, germs and steel shaped the history of the world?.

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