Guns, Germs, And Steel : The Fates Of Human Societies

1510 WordsOct 5, 20157 Pages
In the book Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, by Jared Diamond, discusses in detail how material success was brought to some societies more easily than others. Diamond believes that geographic location was a key role in the success of these societal structures, however, it is also thought that a society 's failure could be attributed to the geography as well. Along with geography, food production, immunity, animal domestication, and the production and use of steel were all tied together to reach societal success. During the Neolithic Revolution, as civilizations changed from hunters and gatherers to farmers, a social stability was created. Due to geography and the great natural advantage of the land, the domestication of animals and development of agriculture led to great changes in society. In the geographical area of Eurasia, the land was spread far from east to west which allowed for trading and sharing of crops, animals, and ideas. In the Americas, due to the more north to south layout with climate zones and geographical boundaries, it was hard to trade and to share ideas and such. This led to the Eurasians diverse and dense population to be more immune to the germs that over time, led to the wipeout of the Americas populations. In the beginning of the book, Diamond presents a question from a politician and friend, Yali. The question asked why Europeans had the ability to conquer other societies around the world. Throughout his book, Diamond goes
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