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Main Title Guns, germs, and steel : the fates of human societies /
Author Diamond, Jared M.,
Publisher W.W. Norton,
Year Published 2003
OCLC Number 51882461
ISBN 0393317552; 9780393317558; 0393038912; 9780393038910
Subjects Social evolution. ; Civilization--History. ; Ethnology. ; Human beings--Effect of environment on. ; Culture diffusion. ; Wereldgeschiedenis. ; Sociale geschiedenis.
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EKBM  HM206.D48 1998 Research Triangle Park Library/RTP, NC 08/12/2005
Collation 494, [2] pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"With a new afterword about the modern world"--Cover. Includes "Reading group guide"--Page [495-496]. Includes bibliographical references (pages 442-471) and index.
Contents Notes
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 -- 2003 afterword: Guns, germs, and steel today.