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Guns, germs, and steel : the fates of human societies, Jared Diamond

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Guns, germs, and steel : the fates of human societies
Title
Guns, germs, and steel
Title remainder
the fates of human societies
Statement of responsibility
Jared Diamond
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Guns, Germs, and Steel is a brilliant work answering the question of why the peoples of certain continents succeeded in invading other continents and conquering or displacing their peoples. This edition includes a new chapter on Japan and all-new illustrations drawn from the television series. Until around 11,000 BC, all peoples were still Stone Age hunter/gatherers. At that point, a great divide occurred in the rates that human societies evolved. In Eurasia, parts of the Americas, and Africa, farming became the prevailing mode of existence when indigenous wild plants and animals were domesticated by prehistoric planters and herders. As Jared Diamond vividly reveals, the very people who gained a head start in producing food would collide with preliterate cultures, shaping the modern world through conquest, displacement, and genocide. The paths that lead from scattered centers of food to broad bands of settlement had a great deal to do with climate and geography. But how did differences in societies arise? Why weren't native Australians, Americans, or Africans the ones to colonize Europe? Diamond dismantles pernicious racial theories tracing societal differences to biological differences. He assembles convincing evidence linking germs to domestication of animals, germs that Eurasians then spread in epidemic proportions in their voyages of discovery. In its sweep, Guns, Germs and Steel encompasses the rise of agriculture, technology, writing, government, and religion, providing a unifying theory of human history as intriguing as the histories of dinosaurs and glaciers. Thirty-two illustrations
Awards note
Winner Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction, 1998.
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
303.4
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HM206
LC item number
.D48 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Guns, germs, and steel : the fates of human societies, Jared Diamond
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Guns, germs, and steel : the fates of human societies, Jared Diamond
Publication
Note
"With a new chapter on Japan." -- book jacket
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 466-496) and index
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ocm60820242
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Dimensions
24 cm.
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Extent
518 p.
Isbn
9780393038910
Lccn
2005284261
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)60820242

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