Guns Germs And Steel Thesis

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Professor Jared Diamond is an American scientist and author of the best known book “Guns, germs, and steel”. He is known for drawing from a variety of fields, including geography, ecology, anthropology, and etc. Documentary movie which was shot on guns, germs, and steel, made an excellent job of demonstrating the authors theoretical approach in pursuit of the question “What are the factors that contributed to some country's capacity to grow, while others have remained impoverished?”. In each episodes of three parts, Jared Diamond visits a different continents of the world to find an answer for the root of inequality. He mainly focused on how environmental resources such as topography, climate of different parts of the world predisposed particular …show more content…

His thesis based on the New Guinean, Yali's question “ Why is it that you white people developed so much cargo, we New Guinean people had little cargo of our own?”. Along with the author's statement, I will argue that the movie is a comparative history and Professor Diamond made a great job on his statement. He makes his points very clear and factual by using example throughout the movie. In each episodes of guns, germs, and steel, he provides one main theme. Episode one shows the differences in animal species and plants for the domestication, episode two demonstrates migration within the continents or parts of the country, and episode three is based on …show more content…

Part one shows one of the main theme of domestication of animals and plants which depends on the geography. The agricultural revolution started in the Middle East; barley and wheat were the first domesticated crops. The first farmers used common sense and did selective breading. Farming spread out from the Middle East to Eurasia. Only mountainous places did not develop a main food sources according to its location. The topography of the country played a main role in farming over that time up to now. Areas with great topography conferred advantages among others. Animals became second in domesticating by the Mideast. Goats and sheep were the first domesticated animals. Animal domestication improved the human condition. Animals were not only source of food, they were good for farming also in pulling plows. Once again geographically and topographically blessed areas had more advantages than others. Middle East became the most advanced area on Earth, but they lost their position according to the weather. They migrated to to the west and east. People of the new place quickly adopt what was brought by the Middle Easter's, and the civilization of Eurasia was rising. Back to the main theme of part one is that, the great geographical and topographical location of the place which had an access to a different natural resources played main role in getting more

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  • Describes professor jared diamond's book "guns, germs and steel" as a comparative history based on environmental differences, geography, and topography.
  • Explains the theme of domestication of animals and plants, which depends on the geography. the agricultural revolution started in the middle east.
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