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Guns, Germs and Steel: A Short History/Diamond, Jared/Paper/0099302780/S022-C
Guns, Germs and Steel is nothing less than an enquiry into the reasons why Europe and the Near East become the cradle of modern societies - eventually giving rise to capitalism and science - and why, until recent times, Africa, Australasia and the Americas lagged behind in technological sophistication and in political and military power. The native peoples of those continents are still suffering the consequences.
Diamond shows definitively that the origins of this inequality in human fortunes cannot be laid at the door of race or inherent features of the people themselves. He argues that the inequality stems instead from the differing natural resources available to the people of each continent.
An ambitious synthesis of history, biology, ecology and linguistics, Guns, Germs and Steel is one of the most important and humane works of popular science to have appeared since the Second World War.