Guns, Germs And Steel : The Fates Of Human Societies Essay

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Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies endeavors to answer a simple but vastly complicated question of how did certain people develop useful items, or “cargo” as Yali, the man who asked the original question, worded it, while other people did not. According to Diamond, while the developments immediately preceding interaction among groups of people is what decides the outcomes of the interactions, it 's where the people come from, their environment, that ultimately decides the outcome (Diamond 25). The people that dominate the modern world are the ones who, as a society, have the superior and more effective weaponry and means of communicating (Diamond 76). The creation of swords like that of Pizarro 's army could slice and stab whilst the clubs of the Incas at most could only incapacitate; however, the clubs measly damage in comparison to the swords was easily negated by the armor worn by the Spanish (Diamond 73, 74). The domestication of horses also gave the Spanish a massive advantage over the Inca warriors (Diamond 72).Writing allowed for those from literate societies to pass on knowledge so that current and future generations could learn (Diamond 76). Thus, someone like Pizarro, whose army possessed the weaponry, the cavalry, and the writing abilities, easily decimated the warriors of the Inca. However, it was not only the apparent differences that gave societies massive advantages over other societies. While a superior army and…

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