Essay Guns, Germs, And Steel

899 Words Dec 11th, 2015 4 Pages
In Jared Diamonds’ book, Guns, Germs, and Steel, he focuses on the European expansion and the domination of western cultures on the world. The title, “Guns, Germs, and Steel,” refers to the categories of the advancements leading to the spread of European culture throughout the world. However, one aspect that Diamond fails to mention in his book is why western cultures come to dominate the world. Numerous social and cultural factors promoted this European expansion.
As defined in the notes, culture is that which is learned, shared, and transmitted (Love, Cultural Change, pg. 1). Europeans changed and revolutionized. Change is complicated and cultures go through various changes throughout history. Culturally, Europeans didn’t only conquer others for economic benefit, rather to impose their practices onto the other cultures. Europeans liked to change other cultures and were ethnocentric. The Europeans advanced rather than other cultures because of their developments of guns, tools made of steel, domestication of animals, and the rise of food production and industrialization. Also, the European’s geography gave them an advantage over others. As stated in the notes, “It was common for European imperialist powers to not only administer conquered lands, but to attempt to re-shape their culture on other people and their ways of life” (Love, World Systems Notes, pg. 5). Since Europeans were ethnocentric and believe they were culturally superior, they believed they had the right to…

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