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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (1997)

de Jared Diamond

Altres autors: Mie Hidle (Traductor)

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Why did Eurasians conquer, displace, or decimate Native Americans, Australians, and Africans, instead of the reverse? In this groundbreaking book, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history's broadest patterns. Here, at last, is a world history that really is a history of all the world's peoples, a unified narrative of human life even more intriguing and important than accounts of dinosaurs and glaciers. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world, and its inequalities, came to be. It is a work rich in dramatic revelations that will fascinate readers even as it challenges conventional wisdom.… (més)
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    Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed de Jared Diamond (infiniteletters)
  2. 122
    1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus de Charles C. Mann (VisibleGhost, electronicmemory)
  3. 94
    A Short History of Nearly Everything de Bill Bryson (Percevan)
  4. 51
    The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some are So Rich and Some So Poor de David S. Landes (Oct326)
    Oct326: La tesi centrale del saggio di Diamond è che la causa dominante dei disuguali gradi di sviluppo tra popolazioni umane sia data dalle condizioni ambientali più o meno favorevoli. Il saggio di Landes ha un argomento un po' differente, e cioè il disuguale grado di sviluppo economico e di ricchezza tra popolazioni. Ma sulle cause di queste differenze è più articolato, e mette in rilievo l'importanza dei fattori culturali. È un punto di vista piuttosto diverso, e questo rende interessante il confronto tra le due opere.… (més)
  5. 40
    The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate de Robert D. Kaplan (TomWaitsTables)
  6. 40
    Maps of Time : An Introduction to Big History de David Christian (questbird)
    questbird: Big History is a multidisciplinary approach (like Diamond's) which integrates the origin of the universe, deep time, human prehistory and history.
  7. 40
    Sàpiens : una breu història de la humanitat de Yuval Noah Harari (Percevan)
    Percevan: Both books are eminently throwing light on the big lines in human history
  8. 30
    The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community de William H. McNeill (wildbill)
    wildbill: William McNeill chronicles the struggle between nomad and sedentary peoples in a book that continues the themes of Guns, Germs and Steel
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    Germs, Genes, & Civilization: How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today de David P. Clark (infiniteletters)
  10. 20
    The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, The Epidemic That Shaped Our History de Molly Caldwell Crosby (John_Vaughan)
  11. 20
    From Dawn to Decadence de Jacques Barzun (MusicMom41)
    MusicMom41: Guns, Germs and Steel makes a great “prelude’ to Barzun’s book From Dawn to Decadence.
  12. 20
    The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry de Bryan Sykes (Percevan)
  13. 10
    The Physics of Life: The Evolution of Everything de Adrian Bejan (br77rino)
  14. 10
    The horse, the wheel and language de David W. Anthony (tcg17321)
  15. 10
    Understanding China: Learning from China's Past, Present, and Future de Stefan Piech (frenchkisses, Usuari anònim)
  16. 10
    Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors de Nicholas Wade (IslandDave)
  17. 10
    Wild: An Elemental Journey de Jay Griffiths (hohlwelt)
    hohlwelt: Complements very well with what Jared Diamond misses and vice versa.
  18. 10
    Children of the Ice Age: How a Global Catastrophe Allowed Humans to Evolve de Steven M. Stanley (br77rino)
    br77rino: Children of the Ice Age is an excellent anthropological discussion of the link that became homo sapiens. Guns, Germs, and Steel covers the more recent territory of racial evolution within homo sapiens.
  19. 43
    The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined de Steven Pinker (Percevan)
    Percevan: Both books are eminently throwing light on the big lines in human history
  20. 00
    Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past de David Reich (Cynfelyn)
    Cynfelyn: Who We Are and How We Got Here (2018) is a genetic interpretation successor to the cultural interpretation of Guns, Germs and Steel (1997).

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The book sets out to answer a simple enough sounding question: why is it that Eurasian and North African societies were able to culturally take over the world while indigenous civilizations succumbed to them? It is easy to attribute the priors successes to the false assumption of superior intelligence or genetics. In fact, it is largely due to environmental differences which allowed these societies to profit of land which yielded more nutritious crop and allowed for herding animals: a prerequisite for societies to expand past hunter-gatherer tribes thereby allowing for greater technological advancements. The book tells many tales of pre-historic migrations, medieval conquests, and even first encounters with modern day indigenous tribes. ( )
  hiwigiwi | Jan 8, 2021 |
If someone told me this book is the manual Sid Meyer read to create the game rules for Civilization, I'd buy it.
The author has a simple thesis: the differences between world's peoples comes from geography, and not from characteristics inherent to peoples themselves. The chapters contain arguments from archeology, biology, anthropology and even linguistics to support this thesis, as well as graphs, maps and diagrams that help visualize the information. ( )
  ladyars | Jan 4, 2021 |
Meh. I like the concept behind the book (environmental determinism, basically, and feedback loops), but the actual quality of scholarship is below what I'd like, and the author pushes a (rather mainstream doctrinaire) agenda using environmental determinism rather than actually following it to the logical conclusion in modern times (perhaps to avoid excommunication). ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
This book is one of those books that just might forever change how you understand life, and where we came from. In fact, I'm fairly confident, it'll be one of those books in ten years I'll still remember the main argument. In a sense he tells the story of humanity from about 13,000 BC up to about 1492 AD. How did we as a species go from hunters and gatherers to complex societies? He has full chapters on the history of writing, technological advancement, plant and animal domestication, and why Africa is mostly black, just to name a few. It's a stunning feat that I can hardly recommend more. Intellectually a treat!

That said, there are times where the details of some specific plant or whatnot can feel a bit much. Press on, I urge you. Don't allow the details to bog you down - skip along to the next chapter. He has one main point, and every chapter backs it up. ( )
  nrt43 | Dec 29, 2020 |
I read half. Loved the vision, but too detailed and boring to hold my interest. ( )
  bederson | Dec 17, 2020 |
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In ''Guns, Germs, and Steel,'' an ambitious, highly important book, Jared Diamond asks: How did Pizarro come to be at Cajamarca capturing Atahualpa, instead of Atahualpa in Madrid capturing King Charles I? Why, indeed, did Europeans (and especially western Europeans) and Asians always triumph in their historical conquests of other populations? Why weren't Native Americans, Africans and aboriginal Australians instead the ones who enslaved or exterminated the Europeans?
 
Jared Diamond has written a book of remarkable scope: a history of the world in less than 500 pages which succeeds admirably, where so many others have failed, in analysing some of the basic workings of cultural process. . . It is willing to simplify and to generalize; and it does reach conclusions, about ultimate as well as proximate causes, that carry great conviction, and that have rarely, perhaps never, been stated so coherently or effectively before. For that reason, and with few reservations, this book may be welcomed as one of the most important and readable works on the human past published in recent years.
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Why did Eurasians conquer, displace, or decimate Native Americans, Australians, and Africans, instead of the reverse? In this groundbreaking book, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history's broadest patterns. Here, at last, is a world history that really is a history of all the world's peoples, a unified narrative of human life even more intriguing and important than accounts of dinosaurs and glaciers. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, Guns, Germs, and Steel chronicles the way that the modern world, and its inequalities, came to be. It is a work rich in dramatic revelations that will fascinate readers even as it challenges conventional wisdom.

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