Human History as a Natural Science@@@Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

  title={Human History as a Natural Science@@@Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies},
  author={Robert Costanza and Jared M. Diamond},
In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion --as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war --and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of… 

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