Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

Jared Diamond / Feb 20, 2020

Guns Germs and Steel The Fates of Human Societies Explaining what William McNeill called The Rise of the West has become the central problem in the study of global history In Guns Germs and Steel Jared Diamond presents the biologist s answer geograp

  • Title: Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
  • Author: Jared Diamond
  • ISBN: 9780393317558
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Paperback
  • Explaining what William McNeill called The Rise of the West has become the central problem in the study of global history In Guns, Germs and Steel Jared Diamond presents the biologist s answer geography, demography and ecological happenstance Diamond evenhandedly reviews human history on every continent since the Ice Age at a rate that emphasizes only the broadest movemExplaining what William McNeill called The Rise of the West has become the central problem in the study of global history In Guns, Germs and Steel Jared Diamond presents the biologist s answer geography, demography and ecological happenstance Diamond evenhandedly reviews human history on every continent since the Ice Age at a rate that emphasizes only the broadest movements of peoples and ideas Yet his survey is binocular one eye has the rather distant vision of the evolutionary biologist, while the other eye and his heart belongs to the people of New Guinea, where he has done field work for than 30 years.

    Guns, Germs, and Steel Guns, Germs, and Steel The Fates of Human Societies also titled Guns, Germs and Steel A short history of everybody for the last , years is a transdisciplinary non fiction book by Jared Diamond, professor of geography and physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles UCLA In , Guns, Germs, and Steel won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction and the Aventis Guns Germs, Steel Home PBS Privacy Policy Lion Television All Rights Reserved BE MORE ENGAGED Pledge Now Guns Germs Steel The Show Overview PBS Based on Jared Diamond s Pulitzer Prize winning book of the same name, Guns, Germs and Steel traces humanity s journey over the last , years from the dawn of farming at the end of the Guns, Germs, and Steel The Fates of Human Fulfillment by FBA is a service we offer sellers that lets them store their products in s fulfillment centers, and we directly pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products. Guns, Germs, and Steel Summary eNotes In Guns, Germs, and Steel, anthropologist Jared Diamond explains why some societies are materially successful than others He attributes societal success to geography, immunity to germs Guns, germs, and Steel the fates of human societies Guns, Germs, and Steel seek to answer the biggest question of post Ice Age human history why Eurasian peoples, rather than peoples of other continents, became the ones to develop the ingredients of power guns, germs, and steel and to expand around the world An extraterrestrial being visiting the Earth , years ago could have been forgiven for failing to predict this outcome, because Guns, Germs and Steel Summary and Study Guide SuperSummary SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high quality study guides for challenging works of literature This pages guide for Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering chapters, as well as several in depth sections of expert written literary analysis. Guns, Germs, and Steel The Fates of Human Societies by Auto Suggestions are available once you type at least letters Use up arrow for mozilla firefox browser alt up arrow and down arrow for mozilla firefox browser alt down arrow to review and enter to select. GUNS, GERMS AND STEEL Cloverport Ind School District More praise for Guns, Germs, and Steel No scientist brings experience from the laboratory and field, none thinks deeply about social issues or addresses them with greater clar Culture Society Blog Jared Diamond s Guns, Germs and Jared Diamond is the author of the book Guns, Germs and Steel , which explains how some cultures can advance faster than others, how some civilizations just crumble and how one civilization can become the dominant civilization on the planet, all without using a cultures beliefs as the reason for it s rise or fall.

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        Jared Diamond is the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning Guns, Germs, and Steel He is Professor of Geography at UCLA and has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society He has dedicated this book to his sons and future generations.


    1. This is what happens when you take an intelligent person, and casually make a few mentions of a field of study they have no knowledge of.Mr. Diamond, NOT an anthropologist, takes Marvin Harris' theory of cultural materialism and uses it to explain everything in life, history, and the current state of the world.Materialism is a way of looking at human culture which, for lack of a better way to explain it easily here, says that people's material needs and goods determine behavior and culture. For [...]

    2. “Why you white men have so much cargo [i.e steel tools and other products of civilization] and we New Guineans have so little?”Jared Diamond is a biologist, who had a passion for studying birds, particularly the birds of New Guinea. But as he came to know and appreciate the many native people he met in his work, the question asked by a New Guinean named Yani remained with him. Why was it that westerners had so much relative to New Guinean natives, who had been living on that land for forty t [...]

    3. Author Jared Diamond's two-part thesis is: 1) the most important theme in human history is that of civilizations beating the crap out of each other, 2) the reason the beat-ors were Europeans and the beat-ees the Aboriginees, Mayans, et. al. is because of the geographical features of where each civilization happened to develop. Whether societies developed gunpowder, written language, and other technological niceties, argues Diamond, is completely a function of whether they emerged amidst travel-a [...]

    4. I liked this book, and it taught me a bunch of things I hadn't known before I read it. Jared Diamond has clearly had a more interesting life than most of us, and spent significant amounts of time in a wide variety of different kinds of society, all over the world. He says he got the basic idea from a conversation he had back in the 70s with a friend in New Guinea. His friend, who later became a leader in the independence movement, wanted to talk about "cargo" (manufactured goods, technology). "W [...]

    5. It took me a while to complete Diamond's book (and admittedly I also distracted myself with a few Roth novels in the meantime) because of the density of the text and the variety of ideas presented. The central thesis that it is not racial biology that determines the victors in history but rather a complex combination of agriculture, geography, population density, and continental orientation is a fascinating and compelling one. The style is not academic (and did admittedly put me off by using sen [...]

    6. This may be the most over-rated book in the history of book rating. The point he is making is that we in Western Civilazation haven't built skyscrapers, made moon landings, mass produced automobiles, eradicated polio (or for that matter lived indoors with running water) while aborigines in certain remote outposts still hunt and gather in isolated tribes because we are inherently any smarter or more industrious than those individuals. Of course he is mostly right, but why in the 21st century is t [...]

    7. Misleading! The actual title should be Germs, More Germs and a bit about Steel And Guns, but not very much on those last two reallyI mean, we want to put Guns first because it's more attention-grabbing than Germs, but let's face it, this book is mostly about Germs. Why has no publishing house knocked down my door trying to obtain my book titling services yet?!

    8. In 1532, Francisco Pizarro and a band of 168 Spaniards punctured the heart of the Inca Empire and proceeded to capture its emperor, decimate its citizens, and plunder its gold. Why didn’t it happen the other way around? Why didn't the Incas sail to Europe, capture Charles V, kill his subjects, and loot his castles and cathedrals? Jared Diamond attempts to answer this question in Guns, Germs & Steel. Why have Europeans tended to dominate other peoples on other continents? Does it have somet [...]

    9. Jared sticks to the basic premise and plugs every hole in his argument so well to construct a magnificent explanation of the evolution of societies. What makes the book particularly good is the intimate hands-on experience that Jared has on the wide variety of fields required to attempt a book like this. The last four or five chapters start to get very repetitive, but except for that Diamond has taken a stunningly large scale view of history that keeps you enthralled throughout the 13,000 years [...]

    10. The PuristI give you now Professor Twist,A conscientious scientist,Trustees exclaimed, "He never bungles!"And sent him off to distant jungles.Camped on a tropic riverside,One day he missed his loving bride.She had, the guide informed him later,Been eaten by an alligator.Professor Twist could not but smile."You mean," he said, "a crocodile."That bit of Ogden Nash whimsy came into my head as I thought about Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel, a reflection on human history through the lens of e [...]

    11. Stopped on page 88 for the time being, because, man, do people ever suck. We historically sucked. But since humans used to invade other humans' territory and do a lot of killing, at least things have changed now.Oh, wait.

    12. Terrible. This is one of those books which seems at face value as if it has an interesting and persuasive thesis, and indeed there are a couple of reasonable points in here, but by and large Guns, Germs, and Steel is a poorly written book, shoddily argued and riddled with factual errors. Jared Diamond's thesis is that the differences which one can observe in technological and economic development around the world do not result from racial differences but rather from geographical ones: the variet [...]

    13. “In short, Europe’s colonization of Africa had nothing to do with differences between European and African peoples themselves, as white racists assume. Rather, it was due to accidents of geography and biogeography—in particular, to the continents’ different areas, axes, and suites of wild plant and animal species. That is, the different historical trajectories of Africa and Europe stem ultimately from differences in real estate.” - Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and SteelThis is one of th [...]

    14. Onvan : Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies - Nevisande : Jared Diamond - ISBN : 739467352 - ISBN13 : 9780739467350 - Dar 425 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1997

    15. This is a thought-provoking, deeply interesting, controversial book investigating the reasons behind the bafflingly different rate of development of human societies in different parts of the world. The main thesis of the author is that geographic aspects represent the overwhelming ultimate set of causal factors, and they played out mostly at the very beginning of societal development, mainly in prehistoric times. The author uses very broad brush strokes to develop his main themes, both in geogra [...]

    16. What a terrific book. 😍One sentence review: Human history is a function of geography. Detailed review to follow!

    17. My first intention reading this book is not to seek knowledge in the real world, but to understand more about the setting/world making of fantasy fiction and science fiction. But this book gave me so much more than that, it gave me answers or some revelations about some of my personal thinking all these years.I cannot comment much about the contents, there are a lot of reviews that describe the contents well.Some interesting points on this book for me:1. In my opinion, this book has pristine des [...]

    18. Without overdoing the pun, everything by Diamond shines and shines. This is his greatest work. Occasionally in life you can feel a book shifting the way you see the world, shifting what you thought you knew about the world. There is a documentary made around this book, but read the book - trust me.

    19. GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL: THE FATES OF HUMAN SOCIETIES BY JARED DIAMOND: This is one of those books that takes you a while to read -- it's pretty heavy non-fiction -- and yet at the end of it, you feel like Hippocrates, a Muslim scientist, or Leonardo Da Vinci must have felt at the realization of a great discovery. The Eureka! moment. This book is kind of like the movie Hotel Rwanda: the movie was life-altering for me, and just made every other movie that came out that year seem tawdry and unimpor [...]

    20. هذه ليست مراجعة كاملة، وإنما هي رد كتبته على قراءة الأخ خالد المغربي، وقد طلب الأخ الكريم بلطفه نقل الرد ليكون بمثابة مراجعة للكتاب، وها أنا أفعل رغم قناعتي أنه سيكون مراجعة عرجاء وناقصة كثيرا ً.قرأت هذا الكتاب العام الماضي، ولانشغالي حينها لم أكتب عنه للأسف، رغم قيمته الكب [...]

    21. Germ Guns & SteelIt is a thesis,His thesis being; that all animals are created equal… but not all animals sleep in a bed with sheets.Why?Because in addition to needing tree for wood to make looms, herders to shear sheep & weavers to make sheets, you also need (DHU) SHEEP.Yep, if you are unlucky enough to be born on a continent or onto part of a continent with only anteaters, there is no fucking way you are going to get sheets, no matter how smart you are.All well and good…but not so [...]

    22. I have this awesome picture in my head in which Jared Diamond did not write this book. He instead wrote a detailed, engaging account of the history of plant and animal domestication."But Rhiannon," you might say, "doesn't that remove his entire thesis, that geography determined just about everything about the course of human civilization?"And, I would respond yes, it does."And, isn't that kind of removing the whole book?"No, I counter. It just removes the douche-y social Darwinist parts. Plus, i [...]

    23. Rating: 3.5* of five, rounded up because the PBS adaptation was better than I had expected it to beI read this in the 1990s and was blown away by the fact that environmental determinism was back in the forefront of the have-vs-have-not debate. Well told tale. Persuasive, goodness knows. Maybe even partially correct, who knows, since we're facing the consequences of climate change on our civilization and they aren't good. They're only going to get worse, too. So who do we look to for models of ho [...]

    24. Having read Charles C. Mann's 1491 immediately before Guns, Germs, and Steel, I was all-too aware of the dated nature of many of Diamond's assumptions about the New World. (And therefore I would highly recommend 1491 to anyone interested in learning about the latest and greatest developments in knowledge concerning the early history of the Americas.) This seed of doubt concerning the accuracy of Diamond's assumptions about the Americas prevented me from fully appreciating what he had to say abou [...]

    25. I give this book 4 stars because it has some very interesting ideas that provoke thought and inquiry. It also offers plausible explanations that often ring true. I don't give it 5 stars because it suffers from certain drawbacks.I love his analysis and interpretation of causes that show why civilization arose variously in diverse and distinct locations of the planet. I love how his causes make sense. His rejection of race-based politics is quite clear. I like how his explanations lead us to reexa [...]

    26. THIS BOOK ATTEMPTS TO PROVIDE A SHORT HISTORY OF EVERYbody for the last 13,000 years. The question motivating the book is: Why did history unfold differently on different continents?Diamond immediately takes great pains to shoot down any ideas of one race being more intelligent than another. Yes, some thought so, but they've been refuted for long enough that I thought he belabored the point. This section does introduce us to his method of argument which is to set up straw men & knock them do [...]

    27. “History followed different courses for different peoples because of differences among peoples’ environments, not because of biological differences among peoples themselves.”What do Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama and Francisco Pizarro have in common? Apart from their status as European countrymen, it was the fortuitous confluence of guns, microbes and steel technology which all but ensured their success at colonizing regions occupied by peoples who lacked such historical fulcrums. It [...]

    28. I will say this: he makes some interesting points about geographical and geological determinism and the potential validity thereof. Everything else, however, is basically shit. The Pulitzer this book got must have been the world's biggest and most expensive A for effort.Diamond writes in his introduction that a multi-discipline effort "would be doomed from the outset, because the essence of the problem is to develop a unified synthesis. That consideration dictates single authorship, despite all [...]

    29. Before buying and reading this book, I read some reviews, and frankly, they didn't inspire me. They talked about it being a history of the world, they talked about its immense, ambitious scope. Such talk causes my crap detectors to tingle. I did finally buy it after reading a laudatory review by someone I respect. And I'm glad I did, because I found it to be absolutely top notch. The phrase "history of the world" misguides because the book is entirely about pre-history. The story it tells is his [...]

    30. The first impression that history gave me was of a never ending series of dates and occurences which needless to say is an extremely boring way to learn. The whole perspective of history changed for me when I began viewing this like I do soil. Multiple layers all held together by a common force, some of them interleaving and some totally independent with each layer telling a story of its own. At one point of time, the layer of top soil thinks of itself as invincible but with changing circumstanc [...]

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