Two decades ago a ucla geography professor named jared diamond published guns germs and steel the fates of human societies diamond hypothesized that the arc of human history was dramatically shifted by geographic environmental biological and other factors resulting in the worldwide dominance of the leading industrial powers during the . Guns germs and steel the fates of human societies previously titled guns germs and steel a short history of everybody for the last 13000 years is a 1997 transdisciplinary non fiction book by jared diamond professor of geography and physiology at the university of california los angeles ucla in 1998 guns germs and steel won the pulitzer prize for general nonfiction and the . Guns germs and steel the fates of human societies by jared diamond this is one of those books that takes you a while to read its pretty heavy non fiction and yet at the end of it you feel like hippocrates a muslim scientist or leonardo da vinci must have felt at the realization of a great discovery the eureka moment. Guns germs and steel the fates of human societies is a very good book the authors overall purpose of this book is to show how the tendencies of humans and the environmental influences on differing societies can be used to paint a general picture of the overall pattern of human development over time. Thus behind the proximate explanation of the dominance of old world societies and technologies over the last two thousand years guns germs and steel lurks an ultimate explanation why bronze tools appeared early in parts of eurasia late and only locally in the new world and never before european settlement in australasia
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