Guns, germs, and steel : the fates of human societies

Other titles
  • Guns, germs and steel a short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years.
Edition
  • 1st Norton pbk. ed.
Published
  • New York : W.W. Norton & Co. ©1999
Physical description
494 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
ISBN
  • 0393317552
  • 9780393317558
Notes
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 429-457) and index.
  • Donated by Alberto Perucchini.
Contents
  • Yali's question: The regionally differing courses of history -- From Eden to Cajamarca. Up to the starting line: What happened on all the continents before 11,000 B.C.? -- A natural experiment of history: How geography molded societies on the Polynesian islands -- Collision at Cajamarca: Why the Inca emperor Atahuallpa did not capture King Charles I of Spain -- The rise and spread of food production. Farmer power: The roots of guns, germs, and steel -- History's haves and have-nots: Geographic differences in the onset of food production -- To farm or not to farm: Causes of the spread of food production -- How to make an almond: The unconscious development of ancient crops -- Apples or indians: Why did peoples of some regions fail to domesticate plants? -- Zebras, unhappy marriages, and the Anna Karenina principle: Why were most big wild mammal species never domesticated? -- Spacious skies and tilted axes: Why did food production spread at different rates on different continents? -- From food to guns, germs, and steel. Lethal gift of livestock: The evolution of germs -- Blueprints and borrowed letters: The evolution of writing -- Necessity's mother: The evolution of technology -- From egalitarianism to kleptocracy: The evolution of government and religion -- Around the world in five chapters. Yali's people: The histories of Australia and New Guinea -- How China became Chinese: The history of East Asia -- Speedboat to Polynesia: The history of Austronesian expansion -- Hemispheres colliding: The histories of Eurasia and the Americas compared -- How Africa became black: The history of Africa -- The future of human history as a science.
Genre
  • History.
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Language
  • English

Summary

  • The fates of human societies.

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