Guns Germs And Steel Summary

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Jared Diamond’s theory of global differences in his book entitled “Guns, Germs, and Steel” is the result of geography and climate and not human differences such as race and culture. Jared Diamond is a biology professor at the University of California. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. While studying birds in Papua New Guinea he was asked the question of “Why you white men have so much cargo and us New Guineans have so little.” The reason why he spent 30 years studying this was simply because he did not know the answer to the question and was determined to figure it out. He wanted to prove that race didn’t play a role in “white men …show more content…

The perspectives of the source two should be embraced and that Diamond’s theory is valid. A thorough examination of the source is required before presenting argumentation regarding the extent to which the source should be embraced. The overall message of source two is that these differences are caused by geographic factors, not by any factors that are innate to the people or cultures of the various societies. There are messages in source two the writer tried to make subtle but really meant to say something else. For example the writer states “Europeans became wealthy globally” but really was saying that the Europeans are rich. The text also states that “other regions remained impoverished” but was actually saying non-europeans are poor. In the source the writer had a motive behind what he was stating, the motive is that the poor should accept their fate, that they need to take Diamond’s knowledge on developmental strategies to enrich their societies to become more like the Europeans. The writer isn’t expressing a bias, the way he wrote in source two was just simply describing what Diamond’s theory is, not in any way was the writer expressing opinions on why he personally believes Diamond’s thesis. Judging by the writer's way of describing Diamond’s thesis, I speculate that it is a male in his late 30’s, this is because the text is written in a more straight forward, get to the point way

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