Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Essay | Summary and Criticism of "Guns, Germs and Steel"

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Summary and Criticism of "Guns, Germs and Steel"

Summary: In his book "Guns, Germs and Steel," Jared Diamond sets forth a thesis that peoples' environments, not biological differences, account for much of world history. Reviews of the book that are critical of Diamond's thesis are discussed.
In his book, Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond sets forth a thesis, "History followed different courses for different peoples because of differences among peoples' environments, not because of biological differences among people themselves" in order to answer Yali's question Yali, a New Guinea native had met Diamond while he worked in New Guinea. One day as they were walking he asked a seemingly simple question "Why is it that you white people have developed so much cargo and brought it to New Guinea while we black people developed so little cargo of our own?" To answer this, Diamond proposed another question to Yali that would form the basis for his book "...why were Europeans, rather than African or native Americans the ones to end up with guns, the nastiest germs, and steel?" Throughout the novel Diamond proves his thesis by showing...

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