Guns, Germs, and Steel Book Review
The book Guns, Germs, and Steel features the work of the author Jared Diamond. In his book, he mentions his answer to how different human societies became so diverse. Diamond doesn’t use racist answers, he gives an answer based on the geographical location of these diverse societies. He explains many concepts on how the location of a society can make them more diverse and more powerful than other societies. He shares many examples in history to support his thesis throughout the book. Diamond’s thesis in Guns, Germs, and Steel, is that due to the geographical location of certain societies, it allowed these groups of people to become more developed than others throughout time. Diamond says this because he believes that due to the society’s location and available resources people developed differently to what was around them. He didn’t believe it was so much at a biological level, of which group was smarter or a better race, but at a geographical level. Diamond explains this in many ways. One in fact was that the civilization in Eurasia had more natural advantages than other places around the world. These advantages included larger animals that could be easily domesticated, more variety in grain that could be grown in mass production, and an easier way of trade. Diamond identified numerous animals that were domesticated on the Eurasian continent, unlike in the Americas where so little could be domesticated. With this great access for the societies in Eurasia, it allowed the Europeans to dominate in the sixteenth century. They had great access to numerous species of animals which allowed them to domesticate them, which led to increase in productivity and population. With this increase Europeans became one of the most powerful in this century. According to Diamond’s book, he gives many examples to why the people of New Guinea seem less advanced than the rest of the globe. The people in New Guinea still used stone tools, even...
Bibliography: Diamond, Jared M. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. New York: W.W. Norton &, 1998. Print.
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