Germs And Pathogens Essay

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What has shaped the modern world more: gunpowder and cold steel or germs and pathogens? The modern world has seen a huge change to the whole world arguably more so than ever in human history due to mass social, economic and technological reforms/progress, but what has had the most affect. It comes down to the huge technological leaps forward that resulted in gunpowder and cold steel, and the spread of germs and pathogens caused by the connection of civilisations. To start with we must look at how both started to effect the world. Germs and pathogens have, obviously, been effecting the world seen the beginning of life however they had effected the modern world more than ever before, but why? Well germs started to affect wars more than before…show more content…
The invention of gun powder gave the western powers a huge advantage in warfare as it gave them cannons which led to greater naval power and, while it didn’t give them a big advantage, led to them have land army domination as well. This allowed the era of colonialism which saw the huge changes to the global scene. So both gunpowder and germs shaped the modern world, but which one had the most…show more content…
While germs and pathogens shaped the modern world more than gunpowder or steel, it didn’t shape it more than both gunpowder and steel. This is because even though germs resulted in a huge power shift due to it resulting in the domination of the Americas and help in wars in Asia it doesn’t come close to the massive shift in military power that gunpowder and cold steel created. Another reason germ didn’t shape the as much is because it is arguable that the control of North America would have happened anyway because of the technological difference would have been too much for the Native Americans to fight; after all, quite a few countries tried to modernise to stop the west and failed, China, and only a few succeed, Siam. So it while plagues did shape the modern world they didn’t to the extent that gunpowder and cold steel
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