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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Jared Diamond
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April 1999
In seinem bahnbrechenden Buch weist Jared Diamond nach, daß nicht konstitutionelle Unterschiede der Menschen, sondern die klimatischen und geographischen Besonderheiten der verschiedenen Erdteile die Ursache für die Verteilung von Armut und Reichtum sind. Er widerlegt damit stichhaltig alle Theorien, denen die Frage nach der 'Rasse' zugrundeliegt.

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  • Taschenbuch: 496 Seiten
  • Verlag: W W Norton & Co; Auflage: New e. (April 1999)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0393317552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393317558
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,7 x 15,6 x 3,6 cm
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Explaining what William McNeill called The Rise of the West has become the central problem in the study of global history. In Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond presents the biologist's answer: geography, demography, and ecological happenstance. Diamond evenhandedly reviews human history on every continent since the Ice Age at a rate that emphasizes only the broadest movements of peoples and ideas. Yet his survey is binocular: one eye has the rather distant vision of the evolutionary biologist, while the other eye--and his heart--belongs to the people of New Guinea, where he has done field work for more than 30 years. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


Fascinating and extremely important... [A] synopsis doesn't do credit to the immense subtlety of this book. --David Brown" -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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3.0 von 5 Sternen An overrated book 25. Februar 2005
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Jared Diamond is a thoroughgoing geographical determinist. His book highlights both the strengths and the weaknesses of this approach.
Diamond's major topic is the Neolithic Revolution. His intention is to demonstrate that environmental conditions were not equally suitable to the development of agriculture on different continents. Eurasia, he contends, was the most appropriate place. It had the largest number of domesticable plants and animals, an east-west axis favoring the diffusion of inventions, offered good possibilities for inter-continental communication, and was the largest and most populous continent. So the Eurasians were first in developing agriculture, gaining thus a headstart in history. Agriculture led to rising populations and created a dynamic that prompted the evolution of states, writing and a sophisticated technology (guns and steel). These social and technological advantages, plus immunity to the most dangerous infectious diseases (germs), allowed Eurasians to easily subdue the natives of the Americas, Australia and Southeast Asia.
On the whole this argument, which takes up the first 410 pages of the book, is convincing. Diamond is also right to insist on adopting a long time-frame. As early as 8000 years ago Eurasians had a substantial edge over their rivals on other continents, making it unlikely for those peoples and civilizations to catch up.
Had Diamond stopped writing at this point, he would have published a good work.
However, he was not content to treat only the Neolithic Revolution, but wanted to cover all major turns in world history. Hence the last 15 (!) pages of the book are devoted to a completely different subject. Having explained the rise of Eurasia, Diamond now wants to explain the rise of the West.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Valid ideas, well-presented 14. September 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Diamond takes on an extremely complicated topic that spans essentially all of human history and boils it down to some very basic premises. For example, he argues that Eurasia (i.e. Europe and Asia) enjoyed the advantage of the lion's share of the most desirable and domesticatable grains and large mammals. This advantage led to earlier agriculture, which led to denser populations, which led to more specialization, which led to better technology and organization, which led to societies better equipped to wage war and conquer their neighbors. Other reviewers, however, take Diamond to task. But is this premise really so darn controversial? The idea that the Fertile Crescent had a nice variety of native large-seeded, protein rich, perennial grains is not new. Heck, I learned as much in my History of Agriculture class as an undergrad (10 years ago). If you believe that Europe was somehow destined to rule the world because of some innate cultural and/or genetic superiority, this book is not for you. If you want wonderful insight into the biogeography of different regions of the earth, and how these differences contributed to differences in development, check out this book. I simply could not put it down.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Author's intent unclear 10. Januar 1999
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In the epilogue to this book, the author states explicitly that his intent is not to discount the importance of intelligence to human survival. Rather, his intent is to explain the effects of environment on the developments of societies. It seems clear that random geographical effects alone cannot explain why Europeans had so much "cargo" of their own, while the indigenous peoples of Africa, Australia, and the Americas had so little. This book is a clear description of how geography and random luck influenced the development of societies.
But there is much left unanswered. Diamond states that the east-west orientation of Eurasia contributed, in part, to the rapid diffusion of agriculture and other technology. But not all cultures of Eurasia evolved into world-conquering superpowers. For example, France colonized much of Southeast Asia. But according to Diamond's theory, Southeast Asia should have had about the same technology as France because both countries are Eurasian.
Not all Eurasian cultures were so successful in their efforts to expand or even survive. For example, the culture of the Egyptian empires lasted for thousands of years but died out, and, has left little but a few crumbling stone tombs. But the culture of Greece had profound and fundamental influences on European and Muslim culture. According to Diamond, both Egyptian and Greek culture should have evolved into superpowers because they both developed in Eurasia. It was the Greeks who passed their ideas on; the Egyptians died and faded away.
There is a non-geographical explanation of why the Egyptian empires eventually died out.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen An interesting study, with many flaws 12. Juli 2000
Prof. Diamond has produced a fluently-written account of a popular theory -- that contemporary differences in human cultures and societies are the result solely of starting conditions with respect to geography and environment. However, the book holds numerous flaws.
There can be no doubt that Prof. Diamond is the master of a vast amount of data, biological and historical, and he marshals those data to good effect in support of his theories. However, there are many troubling omissions and contradictions contained in the book, which indicate that either there are important holes in Prof. Diamond's knowledge, or that he has been somewhat too selective in his use of data. For example, in discussing the native cereals available to various local groups for purposes of cultivation, he consistently speaks as if corn were the only grain available in Mesoamerica for domestication, and, indeed, that it was the only grain so domesticated. In fact, amaranth was also available, and domesticated. It further lacks many of the deficiencies which Diamond asserts made corn an imperfect domesticate. His failure to deal with this contradictory fact calls his more general arguments into question.
Diamond also ignores facts which are uncomfortable or unexplainable under the terms of his theory. For example, he points out that certain grasses native to the Eastern U.S. produce "dream" grains -- the example he offers is sumpweed. Yet the reason he offers that it was not domesticated is weak; it causes hay-fever, and has an objectionable smell. As Diamond should be aware, the question of whether a smell is objectionable is often culturally determined, as are many aesthetic notions.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen der 3. schimpanse war besser
der 3. schimpanse war besser. obwohl interessante ansätze sehr langfädig geschrieben. ständige wiederholungen damit auch der letzte idiot es versteht. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 1 Monat von Michael veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Insightful book
An interesting book, which tries to explain the emergence of western civilization as the dominant culture in our times. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 6 Monaten von John T C veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Good!
The book was very interesting! It tells of the history of humanity for the last 15 thousands of years, and why the world developed as it did. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 7 Monaten von Franek veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Eines der wichtigsten Bücher zur Menschheitsgeschichte
Ich finde es extrem schade, dass das Buch (bisher) nicht in deutsch erschienen ist.

Bisher ist unsere Theorie, warum manche Gesellschaften erfolgreich waren und andere... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 8 Monaten von Elikal veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Very interesting
The book is a bold and successful attempt to explain why continents developed differently. It is overall convincing and fascinating.
Vor 8 Monaten von Francesco Papadia veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen good book!
the book is very good. The writer tries to find an answer to a very complicated question regarding the evolution of human being. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 14 Monaten von . veröffentlicht
1.0 von 5 Sternen Absolutely horrible book...
Jared Diamond does make a few interesting points, but his approach discredits all of them.

One example. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 18 Monaten von Greatmongo veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Very interesting read, even for people who know very little
I can easily claim to know very little about human history, geography, and linguistics; and I would think that that fact would make reading books like this a dull undertaking. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 18 Monaten von MPL veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome idea with a bit of useless filling
Its a must read book. It has its share of filling text (at least for me) but overall its ok.
Veröffentlicht am 19. Mai 2012 von Mihai Stanescu
4.0 von 5 Sternen Yali's Questions Answered ?
Jared Diamond's 1998 Pulitzer Prize winning popular science book presents, in some circles, a controversial theme or even racist explanation for the differences in the development... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 30. März 2012 von J. Kimbrough
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