Guns, Germs and Steel – and a ploughman's lunch | Science Book Club | Science | The GuardianO h, for more history written by biologists. The great thing about Guns, Germs and Steel is the detail: Jared Diamond starts with a proposition every good Guardian reader would wish to believe — that all humans are born with much the same abilities — and then proceeds to argue, through meticulous and logical steps, that the playing field of prehistory was anything but level. The inequalities kicked off with the development of agriculture in one small part of the world, the so-called Fertile Crescent in what is now western Asia. Agriculture stimulates increasing population density, which means disease, which means acquired immunity. Civilisation requires the food surplus only agriculture can provide, but it also imposes a need for specialisation, for technology, for ingenuity. Competing civilisations and they turned up soon enough in Europe and the Middle East provoke an arms race.
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
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FREE UK Delivery on book orders dispatched by Amazon over £ Guns, Germs and Steel: A short history of everybody for the last 13, years Paperback – 30 Apr In Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond explains the reasons why things worked out that way.
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