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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 pages,  pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||Prologue: Yali's question : the regionally differing courses of history ; Part 1: 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 --
Part 2: 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? --
Part 3: 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 --
Part 4: 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 --
Epilogue: The future of human history as a science.
"Artful, informative, and delightful... There is nothing like a radically new angle of vision for bringing out unsuspected dimensions of a subject, and that is what Jared Diamond has done." --
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