Guns Germs and Steel Book Study

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Taylor Shockley
Guns, Germs, and Steel A. YORK Period 4
Write a short biography of the author, include information about his areas of research, books written, and prizes awarded.

Jared Diamond is a professor at the University of California He wanted wrote Guns, Germs, and Steel, which won the Britain’s 1998 Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize and Pulitzer Prize. He also wrote Collapse: How Societies choose to Fail or Succeed. Jared has been on 22 expeditions to New Guienea and islands surrounding it, studying ecology and the evolution of birds. He has also travel to North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Australlia. He is also National Park System. He is also one of the directors for the World Wildlife Fund/ USA and
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Chapter 3: Collision at Cajamarca
Write a paragraph explaining your views on the event of November 16, 1532. What strikes you the most about this event? Why did Pizarro succeed?

On November 16, 1532 Francisco Pizarro conquered over the Incan emperor Atahualpa. Spaniards massacre tens of thousands of Indians. At this time the use of steel swords were very beneficial, because the Spaniards had them where the Incans did not. I believe that the victory of this invasion was based off of the more-advanced ethnic-group, because the Spaniards had the more advanced weapons and technology. This victory is a shock to me, because the Spaniards were un-aware of the terrain and the Incans has the “home field” advantage. The reason Pizarro succeeded was he had originally gained the trust of Atahualpa and then captured him and used his advanced weaponry to conquer the Incans

Chapter 4: Farmer Power
Write a paragraph explaining the chart. Do you agree with the author’s conclusions? What advantages are gained by being the first to domesticate animals?

The “Factors Underlying the Broadcast Pattern of History” chart shows the spreading and domesticating of plants and animals and the pros and cons of it on civilization. I agree with the author that when you have domesticated animals in the civilization food storage and surpluses; large dense, sedentary, stratified societies with political

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