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Jared M Diamond
|ISBN:||0393038912 9780393038910 0393317552 9780393317558|
|Awards:||Pulitzer Prize, General Nonfiction, 1998.
Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, 1998.
|Description:||480 p.,  p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Yali's question: The regionally differing courses of history --
From Eden to Cajamarca. Up to the starting line: What happened on all the continents before 11,000 B.C.? --
A natural experiment of history: How geography molded societies on the Polynesian islands --
Collision at Cajamarca: Why the Inca emperor Atahuallpa did not capture King Charles I of Spain --
The rise and spread of food production. Farmer power: The roots of guns, germs, and steel --
History's haves and have-nots: Geographic differences in the onset of food production --
To farm or not to farm: Causes of the spread of food production --
How to make an almond: The unconscious development of ancient crops --
Apples or indians: Why did peoples of some regions fail to domesticate plants? --
Zebras, unhappy marriages, and the Anna Karenina principle: Why were most big wild mammal species never domesticated? --
Spacious skies and tilted axes: Why did food production spread at different rates on different continents? --
From food to guns, germs, and steel. Lethal gift of livestock: The evolution of germs --
Blueprints and borrowed letters: The evolution of writing --
Necessity's mother: The evolution of technology --
From egalitarianism to kleptocracy: The evolution of government and religion --
Around the world in five chapters. Yali's people: The histories of Australia and New Guinea --
How China became Chinese: The history of East Asia --
Speedboat to Polynesia: The history of Austronesian expansion --
Hemispheres colliding: The histories of Eurasia and the Americas compared --
How Africa became black: The history of Africa --
The future of human history as a science.
Fascinating and extremely important... [A] synopsis doesn't do credit to the immense subtlety of this book. --David Brown"
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