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Jared Diamond

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guns-germs-and-steel-jared-diamondJared Diamond, Epiloguell human societies contain inventive people. Its just that some environments provide more starting materials.Sources:, PBS, TED.comCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Questioning Violence& ConquestWhere a society develops determines its ability to conquer.Anti-RacismThere is no inherent superiority in any of the worlds peoples.Importance of GeographyGeographic locations determine how human societies develop.Main IdeasAtahualpaInca emperor during the conquest of the Incas by Spanish conquistadors; captured and executed by Francisco Pizarro in 1533Francisco PizarroSpanish conquistador; benefited from his exposure to guns, germs, and steel when he and 168 men conquered the Inca empireYaliModern-era New Guinean; asks why whites and the West have so many material riches while the people of New Guinea sufferKey FiguresIn 1972 Diamond, a professor at UCLA, visited New Guinea and began to ask questions that would lead to Guns, Germs, and Steel. Diamond had expected New Guineans to be primitive but instead found them to be smart and sophisticated. This led him to begin theorizing why they had not developed writing or steel tools.JARED DIAMONDBORN 1937AuthorSettlement led to specialized populations of soldiers and scholars.War, Technology & LiteracyFarming led to dense settlements, increasing exposure and immunity to diseases.DiseaseAgriculture started in places with favorable climates and biological diversity.Farming & Domesticated AnimalsWhy did European conquerors come to dominate much of the globe? In Guns, Germs, and Steel Diamond argues that geography explains much of human history: where people are located determines if they develop farming societies, become exposed to disease, and create complex and violent states.From Farmingto ConquestOVERVIEWEnglishOriginal Language1997Year PublishedJared DiamondAuthorGuns, Germs,and SteelHistoryNonfiction

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