Guns, Germs And Steel By Jared Diamond Essay

1389 Words Oct 16th, 2016 6 Pages
Jared Diamond’s popular book , Guns, Germs and Steel, argues that Eurasians were blessed with superior environmental conditions. Eurasians were able to utilize this advantage to dominate and colonize other parts of the world. According to Diamond, this environmental theory explains the inequality that has occurred in our world in the past 500 years and is the main reason that our world is the way it is today. Although Diamond’s argument looks to be valid on the surface, when examined, it turns out to be full of fallacies and holes. By only looking at this issue from an environmental perspective, Diamond’s conclusion is inaccurate and incomplete; he has left moral, intellectual and biological factors out and as a result, he has had to modify and twist facts to serve his purpose.

In order to prove his argument, Diamond makes false assumptions about African and Native American societies and ignores moral, ethical or biological factors that could have potentially proved his argument to be invalid. Additionally, he presents false information about geography and comes up with a skewed conclusion about inequality that excuses the Europeans for all the misery that they have caused around the world. To put it in the words of the historian, J. R. McNeill, Diamond, “oversold geography as an explanation for history.”

One of the main issues with Diamond’s argument is that the questions he chose to argue are filled with fallacies and are the wrong questions to ask when looking at…

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