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

Auteur: Jared M Diamond
Uitgever: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 1999.
Editie/Formaat:   Print book : EngelsAlle edities en materiaalsoorten bekijken.
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Why did Eurasians conquer, displace, or decimate Native Americans, Australians, and Africans, instead of the reverse? In this groundbreaking book, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history's broadest patterns. Here, at last, is a world history that really is a history of all the world's  Meer lezen...
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Genre/Vorm: Nonfiction
History
Soort document: Boek
Alle auteurs / medewerkers: Jared M Diamond
ISBN: 0393317552 9780393317558 061318114X 9780613181143
OCLC-nummer: 41076605
Beschrijving: 480 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Inhoud: 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.? --
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 --
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 --
Future of human history as a science.
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"Fascinating... Lays a foundation for understanding human history."-Bill Gates  Meer lezen...

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"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." -- Meer lezen...

 
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