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Guns, Germs And Steel : a short history of everybody for the last 13, 000 years

Author: Jared M Diamond
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Random House, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jared M Diamond
ISBN: 9781448180202 1448180201
OCLC Number: 1004567619
Description: 1 online resource (480 pages)
Contents: pt. 1. From Eden to Cajamarca --
ch. 1. Up to the starting line: What happened on all the continents before 11, 000 B.C.? --
ch. 2. Natural experiment of history: how geography molded societies on Polynesian islands --
ch. 3. Collision at Cajamarca: why the Inca Emperor Atahuallpa did not capture King Charles I of Spain --
pt. 2. Rise and spread of food production --
ch. 4. Farmer power: the roots of guns, germs, and steel --
ch. 5. History's haves and have-nots: geographic differences in the onset of food production --
ch. 6. To farm or not to farm: causes of the spread of food production --
ch. 7. How to make an almond: the unconscious development of ancient crops --
ch. 8. Apples or Indians: why did peoples of some regions fail to domesticate plants? --
ch. 9. Zebras, unhappy marriages, and the Anna Karenina principle: why were most big wild mammal species never domesticated? Ch. 10. Spacious skies and tilted axes: why did food production spread at different rates on different continents? --
pt. 3. From food to guns, germs, and steel --
ch. 11. Lethal gift of livestock: the evolution of germs --
ch. 12. Blueprints and borrowed letters --
ch. 13. Necessity's mother: the evolution of technology --
ch. 14. From egalitarianism to kleptocracy: The evolution of government and religion --
pt. 4. Around the world in five chapters --
ch. 15. Yali's people: the histories of Australia and New Guinea --
ch. 16. How China became Chinese: the history of East Asia --
ch. 17. Speedboat to Polynesia: the history of the Austronesian expansion --
ch. 18. Hemispheres colliding: the histories of Eurasia and the Americas compared --
ch. 19. How Africa became black: the history of Africa.
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Why has human history unfolded so differently across the globe? Jared Diamond puts the case that geography and biogeography, not race, moulded the contrasting fates of Europeans, Asians, Native  Read more...


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