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Guns, germs, and steel : the fates of human societies /

Guns, Germs, and Steel is a brilliant work answering the question of why the peoples of certain continents succeeded in invading other continents and conquering or displacing their peoples. This edition includes a new chapter on Japan and all-new illustrations drawn from the television series.... Full description

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Language: English
Published: Norton, 2005
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Table of Contents:
  • Yali's question: The regionally differing courses of history
  • From Eden to Cajamarca. Up to the starting line: What happened on all the continents before 11,000 B.C.?
  • A natural experiment of history: How geography molded societies on Polynesian islands
  • Collision at Cajamarca: Why the Inca emperor Atahuallpa did not capture King Charles I of Spain
  • The rise and spread of food production. Farmer power: The roots of guns, germs, and steel
  • History's haves and have-nots: Geographic differences in the onset of food production
  • To farm or not to farm: Causes of the spread of food production
  • How to make an almond: The unconscious development of ancient crops
  • Apples or indians: Why did peoples of some regions fail to domesticate plants?
  • Zebras, unhappy marriages, and the Anna Karenina principle: Why were most big wild mammal species never domesticated?
  • Spacious skies and tilted axes: Why did food production spread at different rates on different continents?
  • From food to guns, germs, and steel. Lethal gift of livestock: The evolution of germs
  • Blueprints and borrowed letters: The evolution of writing
  • Necessity's mother: The evolution of technology
  • From egalitarianism to kleptocracy: The evolution of government and religion
  • Around the world in five chapters. Yali's people: The histories of Australia and New Guinea
  • How China became Chinese: The history of East Asia
  • Speedboat to Polynesia: The history of Austronesian expansion
  • Hemispheres colliding: The histories of Eurasia and the Americas compared
  • How Africa became black: The history of Africa
  • The future of human history as a science
  • Who are the Japanese? 2003 afterword: Guns, germs, and steel today.

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