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

Author: Jared M Diamond
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2013.
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Most of us take for granted the features of our modern society, from air travel and telecommunications to literacy and obesity. Yet for nearly all of its six million years of existence, human society had none of these things. While the gulf that divides us from our primitive ancestors may seem unbridgeably wide, we can glimpse much of our former lifestyle in those largely traditional societies still or recently in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular Works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jared M Diamond
ISBN: 9780670024810 0670024813 9780143124405 0143124404 9780141024486 0141024488
OCLC Number: 861289056
Notes: Originally published: London: Allen Lane, 2012.
Description: xii, 499 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations, portraits
Contents: Prologue: At the airport --
Part one. Setting the stage by dividing space. Friends, enemies, strangers, and traders --
Part two. Peace and war. Compensation for the death of a child --
A short chapter about a tiny war --
A longer chapter, about many wars --
Part three. Young and old. Bringing up children --
The treatment of old people: cherish, abandon, or kill? --
Part four. Danger and response. Constructive paranoia --
Lions and other dangers --
Part five. Religion, language, and health. What electric eels tell us about the evolution of religion --
Speaking in many tongues --
Salt, sugar, fat, and sloth --
Epilogue: At another airport.
Responsibility: Jared Diamond.

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Reveals that traditional societies around the world offer an extraordinary window into how our ancestors lived for the majority of human history in evolutionary terms. This book explores how tribal  Read more...

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