Guns, germs and steel by
1. What central question
is Jared diamond, attempting to explain with his book?
He was attempting to
answer why did only a few countries develop so much faster than
seemingly everyplace else on the planet.
2. What are the six
reasons he gives to answer his central question? If possible, provide
one specific piece of information for the reason he gives.
Eurasians and especially
West Europeans have the geographic advantage of:
Food advantage- they
had many different types of crops far more crop varieties with far
better yields and higher protein.
Animal advantage- They
had large mammals like horses, cows and sheep.
advantage-Europe had many rivers and their soil was better for crops
and a temperate climate
advantage- there are many rivers for trade and water, many trees and
Germs advantage .
Livestock had germs that they gave to people and crowded cities were
so dirty that illness and disease spread quickly, leaving the
survivors hardened and disease resilience and resistant
Inventions advantage .
Europe's abundant streams encourage development of waterpower
inventions and the mechanical advantage. Nobody in politics could
agree with each other caused by geography, and it created chronic
warfare and an aggressive military culture
3. Do you think his
argument is sound. Why?
His argument is sound
because when the farmers left to live in cities in Europe, many
inventions made life so easy that now they had new time to further
make inventions, and it is all a big circle. Also, because they lived
in such close quarters with each other. It made them aggressive and
want to move to other new lands and conquer them to spread out.
Compare how the worst
mistake plays a role in the dominance of European guns, germs and
In the worst mistake
Jared diamond felt that people were better off when they were hunters
and gatherers, and they were even healthier. He had many examples to
prove that people were taller In guns, germs and steel. He furthers
his argument by saying now that they are not hunters and gatherers.
They have more time to create new inventions to make life easier but
in reality it's really making life harder, because now we have wars
and we fight with each other all time.
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