Analysis Of Jared Diamond 's ' Guns, Germs, And Steel ' The Fates Of Human Society

1661 Words Dec 7th, 2016 7 Pages
Jared Diamond explores the history of the world from a unique view. An ecologist and evolutionary biologist himself, he was not particularly trained to examine the world in the way an anthropologist would. This book, Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Society, delves into the known world and societies within it, at least as of 1997. Diamond wanted to uncover why history unfolded differently on the different continents over the last 13 thousand years, but more importantly he wanted to find the answer without saying that some peoples were superior to others. The question that started this adventure was posed to Diamond by a well-respected figure in New Guinean society, Yali. Yali asked Diamond: “Why is it that you white people developed so much cargo and brought it to New Guinea, but we black people had so little cargo of our own?” From this one question, Jared Diamond dedicated himself to solving the greatest mystery of mankind.
The answer to Yali’s question was not a single factor, but rather several factors, none of which were the people themselves. The most influential factor lies with the development of food production. When a society begins to advance, one of the first tasks it must accomplish is sustaining or advancing the population. The beginning of food production began as a by-product of unconscious decisions. Many of these decisions were made because of cultural preferences, the need to find a status within society, and the basic lifestyles. At the same…

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