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The world until yesterday : what can we learn from traditional societies?

Author: Jared M Diamond
Publisher: London : Allen Lane, 2012.
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Draws on Diamond's near five decades in New Guinea as well as evidence from Inuit, Amazonian Indians and other cultures, exploring how tribal peoples approach essential human problems.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jared M Diamond
ISBN: 9780713998986 0713998989 9781846147586 1846147581
OCLC Number: 810947810
Description: xi, 499 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. 1 Setting the stage by dividing space --
ch. 1 Friends, enemies, strangers, and traders --
pt. 2 Peace and war --
ch. 2 Compensation for the death of a child --
ch. 3 A short chapter, about a tiny war --
ch. 4 A longer chapter, about many wars --
pt. 3 Young and old --
ch. 5 Bringing up children --
ch. 6 The treatment of old people : cherish, abandon, or kill? --
pt. 4 Danger and response --
ch. 7 Constructive paranoia --
ch. 8 Lions and other dangers --
pt. 5 Religion, language, and health --
ch. 9 What electric eels tell us about the evolution of religion --
ch. 10 Speaking in many tongues --
ch. 11 Salt, sugar, fat, and sloth.
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Explores how tribal peoples approach essential human problems, from childrearing to old age to conflict resolution to health. In this book, the author reveals how tribal societies offer a window into  Read more...

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