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Read it Forward Read it first. These economic and technological advantages eventually enabled Europeans to conquer the peoples of the other continents in recent centuries by using the guns and steel of the book’s title.

Europe was the ultimate beneficiary of Eurasia’s east-west orientation: Eight Eurocentric Historians August 10, ed. Wikiquote has quotations related to: McNeillwas on the whole complimentary, but thought Diamond oversold geography as an explanation for history and underemphasized cultural autonomy. Germends critiques have been made over the author’s position on the agricultural revolution. Retrieved August 23, Diamond continues to describe the story of human development up to the modern era, through the rapid development of technology, and its dire consequences on hunter-gathering cultures around the world.

That is, civilization is not created out of superior intelligence, but is the result of a chain of developments, each made possible by certain preconditions. In contrast, American farmers had to struggle to develop corn as a useful food from its probable wild ancestor, teosinte. The Life of Neil A. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Hunters and Gatherers.

Roman Caribe and Robert Cea. GeographyHistorysocial evolutionethnologycultural diffusion. The crucial trap for the development of agriculture is the availability of wild edible plant species suitable for domestication. Also by Jared Diamond. Weiss and Brian Weiss. Diamond argues that the gaps in power and technology between human societies originate primarily in environmental differences, which are amplified by various positive feedback loops.

Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion —as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war —and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures.


Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction — Such competition forced the European nations to encourage innovation and avoid technological stagnation. Archived from the original on October 15, As farmers do the work of providing food, division of labor allows others freedom to pursue other functions, such as mining and literacy.

Apr 26, Pages. The five most useful cow, horse, sheep, goat, and pig are all descendants of species endemic to Eurasia. Scholars examined the impact of geography, climate, and land use. Eurasia’s dense populations, high levels of trade, and living in close proximity to livestock resulted in widespread transmission of diseases, including from animals to humans. The prologue opens with an account of Diamond’s conversation with Yalia New Guinean politician.

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United States portal s portal Books portal History portal. How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeedfocuses on environmental and other factors that have caused some populations to fail.

Therefore, none of the many African mammals such as the zebraantelopecape buffaloand African elephant were ever domesticated although some can be tamed, they are not easily bred in captivity.

Of the remaining nine, only two the llama and alpaca both of South America are indigenous to a land outside the temperate region of Eurasia. Inspired by Your Browsing History. McNeill, New York Review of Books book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. 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.

In andthe author published new English-language editions that included information collected since the previous editions. From Iguala to Chicago. Western Europe also benefited from a more temperate climate than Southwestern Asia where intense agriculture ultimately damaged the environment, encouraged desertificationand hurt soil fertility. Eurasian grains were richer in protein, easier to sow, and easier to store than American maize or tropical bananas.

Still others, he says, “have been decimated, subjugated, and in some cases even exterminated by European colonialists. Independent News and Media Limited.

Although geography had been nearly eliminated as an academic discipline in the United States after the s, several geography-based historical theories were published in the s. The conversation turned to the obvious differences in power and technology between Yali’s people and the Europeans who aceo the land for years, differences that neither of them considered due to any genetic superiority of Europeans. Sub-Saharan biological relatives of the horse including zebras and onagers proved untameable; and although African elephants can be tamed, it is very difficult to breed them in captivity; [2] [3] Diamond describes the small number of domesticated species 14 out of “candidates” as an instance of the Anna Karenina principle: Guns, Germs, and Steel.


Guns, Germs, and Steel was first published by W. Diamond also argues that geography shaped human migrationnot simply jarev making travel difficult particularly by latitudebut by how climates affect where domesticable animals can easily travel and where crops can ideally grow easily due to the sun. He has tremendously distorted the role of domestication and agriculture in that history.

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The New York Review of Books. The Asian areas in which big civilizations arose had geographical features conducive to the formation of large, stable, isolated empires which faced no external pressure to change which led to stagnation.

Crea el espacio para el amor: Yali asked, using the local term ” cargo ” for inventions and manufactured goods, “Why is it that you armae people developed so much cargo and brought it to New Guinea, but we black people had little cargo of our own? An important example is the use of larger animals such as cattle and horses in plowing land, allowing for much greater crop productivity and the ability to farm a much wider variety of land and soil types than would be possible solely by human muscle power.