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

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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Jared Diamond wrote the book Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies with the sole purpose of answering one question: Why did history unfold differently on different continents? Jared Diamond got the inspiration for this question when his New Guinean friend, Yali asked him “Why is it that you white people develop so much cargo and brought it to New Guinea but we black people have little cargo of our own?”
Part 1: From Eden to Cajamarca In chapter one, Diamond mainly discusses how the evolution of different organisms allowed for further development in the world. He writes that there are fossils of the first human ancestors (gorilla, chimpanzee, and the bonobo) located in Africa that date back to 7 million B.C. Diamond describes the different capabilities of each organism and how they are similar to humans now in modern days. Diamond explains “The Great Leap Forward” which happened 50,000 years ago when people began to industrialize. This chapter discusses the production of stone tools which is soon followed by the extinction of larger animals. The progress of the human race and the extinction of certain species relate to the various factors to include environment, available resources, a specific population’s connection or isolation to other groups, and health considerations. Chapter two focuses on the Maori and Moriori people, both are descendants of Polynesian people but the Maori people are more…
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