Guns, Germs, and Steel A. YORK Period 4
Write a short biography of the author, include information about his areas of research, books written, and prizes awarded.
Jared Diamond is a professor at the University of California He wanted wrote Guns, Germs, and Steel, which won the Britain’s 1998 Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize and Pulitzer Prize. He also wrote Collapse: How Societies choose to Fail or Succeed. Jared has been on 22 expeditions to New Guienea and islands surrounding it, studying ecology and the evolution of birds. He has also travel to North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Australlia. He is also National Park System. He is also one of the directors for the World Wildlife Fund/ USA and Conservation International.
Preface: The author suggests that the roots of western Eurasian dominance in the modern world lie in what? Why has he chosen to write this book in this style and manner?
Diamond suggests the roots of western Eurasian dominance in the modern world lie before 3,000 B.C. Western Eurasian societies developed writing and were pulling ahead before other continents.
The author chooses to write this book in this style, because it helps the reader understand the differences among other societies the author states, “It is impossible to understand even just western Eurasian societies themselves, if one focuses on them the interesting questions concern the distinctions between them and other societies. Answering all those other societies as well, so that those other societies can be fitted into broader context.” (Page 11)
Prologue: According to the author, why did human development proceed at different rates on different continents? What is his personal view on civilized and progressive societies versus hunter- gathers?
The author states that, human development proceed at different rates on each continent, because “In the 13,000 years since the end of the last Ice Age, some parts of the world