Guns, Germs, And Steel By Jared Diamond

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Grace Cuenca AP World History Summer Assignment Throughout history, the circumstances that people were born into were not equal. While some people were born on hospitable lands where people and animals could flourish, others were born on desolate and isolated lands that proved unsuitable for livestock. These uncontrollable circumstances as well as others, such as climate, created the different types of lifestyles that people have adopted. Through the book Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond illustrates the five themes of world history by explaining how a chain of effects starting from the first people interacting with their given environments and resources led to how they live in the present. While for the world it may seem apparent that one group of people seems to have the upper hand in the social hierarchy, Diamond shows his view that, in actuality, it only became this way because of the conditions that different groups of people had to cope with in the past. Diamond shows the theme humans interacting with their environment most unequivocally in part three (From Food to Guns, Germs, and Steel), specifically in chapter 11 (Lethal Gift of Livestock). In this chapter, Diamond talks about how and why certain groups of people were able to develop diseases that wiped out other populations, while other groups could not. For example, people in Eurasia were able to develop crowd diseases because
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