While trawling through my computer archives, i stumbled across this book review of jared diamond's “guns, germs, and steel” from five years ago the underlying thesis in this work is that the environment is the primary shaper of human societies – hence the title of chapter 2, “a natural experiment of. Guns, germs, and steel presents a very important argument that geography plays a critical role in the course of human social and economic development to the extent that geography is important, it excludes alternate explanations that may be religious, racist, or nihilistic ggs argument the orientation of. Book review by jay pearlman jared diamond starts his book with a question from an acquaintance in new guinea: “why is it that you white people developed so much cargo and brought it to new guinea, but we black people have little cargo of our own” whether the cargo is wealth, power, good. He claims that this view is largely eschewed by most academics historians in particular think it diminishes the importance of human action, and argue, according to diamond, that it is deterministic in other words, some say that diamond's view seems to suggest that a people's environment determines everything else about. Based on jared diamond's pulitzer prize-winning book of the same name, guns, germs and steel traces humanity's journey over the last 13,000 years – from the dawn of farming at the end of the last ice age to the realities of life in the twenty- first century inspired by a question put to him on the island of papua new guinea.
Interview with jared diamond q: when you set out to write guns, germs and steel what was it you actually wanted to prove jd: when i set out to write guns, germs and steel i wasn't trying to prove anything, but i was trying to answer a question the biggest question of history – why history unfolded differently on the. Jared diamond's thesis, in guns, germs, and steel, is that regional differences in civilizational achievement are entirely caused by biogeographical factors, while regional differences in ability have had no effect it isn't that he believes that there are no such regional differences: he argues that the. Critical summary of guns, germs, and steel - the fates of human societies by jared diamond - dennis bergot - seminar paper - economy - environment economics - publish your bachelor's or master's thesis, dissertation, term paper or essay.
Jared diamond's theories about the course of human civilization come to television in guns, germs, and steel: a national geographic presentation, a three-part television series produced exclusively for pbs diamond's pulitzer prize-winning book offers a look at the rise and fall of societies through the. Episode one : out of eden (part 1 of 6) jared diamond's journey of discovery began on the island of papua new guinea there, in 1974, a local named yali aske. Jared diamond's book guns, germs and steel: a short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years is a fascinating and quite readable speculation on the relationship the result is well worth reading, despite the fact that i think the ambition of his main thesis reaches well beyond his actual achievement.
The documentary film guns, germs and steel based on the book of the same name expounds on a original thesis by author jared diamond the main highlights of the film are as follows in the 13000 year history since the end of the last ice age, european civilization has advanced the most compared to. Guns, germs and steel is historical literature that documents jared diamond's views on how the world as we know it developed however, is his thesis that environmental factors contribute so greatly to the development of society and culture valid traditions & encounters: a brief global history is the textbook used for this.
Within his book guns, germs, and steel, diamond's theorizes that unequal distribution begins with preconditions specifically, the precondition of geographic location, which governs climate diamond's thesis is correct based on three factors that are determined by geography, that is, the domestication of plants and animals,. Jared diamond has done a huge disservice to the telling of human history, distorting the role of domestication and agriculture in guns germs and steel diamond claims differential success is due to the accidents of agriculture, except when societies choose to fail this claim does not withstand scrutiny. Guns, germs, and steel study guide contains a biography of jared diamond, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis of huck finn diamond's thesis is not only interesting to academics who already study this field in fact, it relates closely to modern. Guns, germs and steel in guns, germs, and steel, author jared diamond uses environmental and geographical determinism to explain why some of the worlds people have advanced so much more than the rest of the worlds peoples his basic thesis is that environmental differences, not biological differences, led to the.
From docpeterson, portland, oregon: an interesting thesis, but with flaws jared diamond's guns, germs and steel essentially argues that geography rather than social influences is the primary determining factor in the development of conquering civilizations europe and asia, jared maintains, have a geographical edge. As i see it, the main problem with diamond's thesis is that he reaches too far back in history to find the roots of euro-american dominance guns germs and steel is one of the flimsiest historical theories i have ever encountered and i can not understand how jared diamond has garnered the attention.
I will always think of jared diamond as the man who, for the better part of the late 1990s, somehow made the phrase “east-west axis of orientation” the most talked- about kind of orientation there was — freshman, sexual, or otherwise his 1997 pulitzer prize-winning book guns, germs, and steel: the fates. Material below drawn from jared diamond's guns, germs, and steel – his thesis goes something like this different natural environments allow societies to take up more advanced social organization at different times why has there been such a great historical divides of power between different peoples in the world. Published in 1997 it has been translated into 36 languages, including all the major languages of book publishing, as well as languages of small markets such as estonian and serbian it won the 1998 pulitzer prize for general non-fiction, plus numerous other prizes i shall now summarize guns, germs, and steel's.
The arguments in guns, germs, and steel: the fate of human societies inhistory upside down both shed light on many factors to take into consideration when discussing the advancement and upbringing of different societies mcneill has mixed viewpoints when it comes to the work of jared diamond there are certain. Contemporary historians broadly verify that jared diamond's account in guns, germs, and steel is inadequate currie and mace (14) find that political complexity correlates with the area covered by ethnolinguistic groups, and use diamond's thesis to argue that the east-west orientation of eurasia,. If you browse the history section at bookstores on a regular basis, you've probably seen the title guns, germs, and steel: the fates of societies in the recent years the book has been tremendously popular and influential it was published in 1997 by jared diamond, a professor of geography and physiology at the university.