Guns, Germs, and Steel The Fates of Human Societies

ISBN-10: 0393061310
ISBN-13: 9780393061314
Edition: 2005 (Revised)
Authors: Jared Diamond
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/17/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 528
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

With a new chapter. The phenomenal bestsellerover 1.5 million copies soldis now a major PBS special. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, 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. 32 illustrations.

Jared Mason Diamond is a physiologist, ecologist, and the author of several popular science books. Born in Boston in 1937, Diamond earned his B.A. at Harvard and his Ph.D. from Cambridge. A distinguished teacher and researcher, Diamond is well-known for the columns he contributes to the widely read magazines Natural History and Discover. Diamond's book The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal was heralded for its accessibility and for its blending of science and social science. The interdisciplinary Guns, Germs and Steel--Diamond's examination of the relationship between scientific technology and economic disparity--won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize. Diamond has won a McArthur Foundation Fellowship in addition to several smaller awards for his science and writing.

Prologue : Yali's question
From Eden to Cajamarca
Up to the starting line
A natural experiment of history
Collision at Cajamarca
The rise and spread of food production
Farmer power
History's haves and have-nots
To farm or not to farm
How to make an almond
Apples or Indians
Zebras, unhappy marriages, and the Anna Karenina principle
Spacious skies and tilted axes
From food to guns, germs, and steel
Lethal gift of livestock
Blueprints and borrowed letters
Necessity's mother
From egalitarianism to kleptocracy
Around the world in five chapters
Yali's people
How China became Chinese
Speedboat to Polynesia
Hemispheres colliding
How Africa became black
Epilogue : the future of human history as a science
Who are the Japanese?
2003 afterword : guns, germs, and steel today

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