Book Reviews Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. By jared diamond. New York: W. W. Norton, 1997. Pp. 480. $27.50 (cloth). The search for a paradigm that informs our understanding of global history has concentrated on fashioning a unifying vision or organizing principle that scholars can use not only to describe an enormous variety and number of events, but also to explain how these events were con- nected to each other and how they fit into some larger picture of the past. Some scholars have emphasized human social inventions, such as states, empires, religious faiths, economic institutions, or cultural prac- tices. Others have based their inquiry on a more materialistic founda- tion, emphasizing geography, climate, the biosphere (interpreted broadly to include food and disease), human genetics, or energy flows. A third group has focused on the interaction between these two domains, emphasizing the ways in which humans have manipulated their mate- rial surroundings by means of technologies such as stone tools, the lateen sail, the steam engine, or the integrated circuit. As one might surmise from the book’s title, Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel is an example of this last category; two-thirds of the study
Journal of World History – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Feb 24, 2005
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera