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Reviewed Work(s): Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared
Diamond
Review by: Rick Harling
Source: The Historian, Vol. 64, No. 3/4 (SPRING & SUMMER 2002), pp. 869-870
Published by: Wiley
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The author of this study has outlined a most ambitious project b
a short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years” (9). From
question that is, explored is, why have Western Eurasian societies
the last five centuries? To answer this question, the earliest de
human societies is examined. Jared Diamond’s training and
equipped him to carry out this task. His undergraduate work w
and writing. His Ph.D. work included the three fields of molecu
biology, and biogeography. He has traveled extensively to Afric
and has spent considerable time in New Guinea, where one tho
thousand languages are spoken.
In the prologue, both the thesis and the motivation for the stud
sentence: “History followed different courses for different peopl
among peoples’ environments, not because of biological differe
selves” (25). This thesis is stated, restated, and implied most con
entire book from many points of view and orientations. First,
Crescent, the historic origin of Eurasian peoples, the author fin
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the way they did. The first set of environmental features “consists of differences of wild
plants and animal species available as starting materials for domestication” (401). The
second set of features is governed by the rate of diffusion within a continent. The third set
relates to the rate of diffusion between continents. The fourth set of factors pertains to the
total geographic area and total population size (407). All of these factors can be scientifi
cally quantified, according to Diamond. From this quantification, the author suggests,
historical trends may be statistically observed. Although scientific approach and analysis
of historical trends may give insight to macrohistorical tendencies, “introspection gives us
far more understanding into the ways of other humans” (425).
The approach of this book should be mandatory for any course in historiography.
However, this reviewer finds Diamond’s work a totally orthodox approach to history.
Herodotus, the first philosopher of history, may not have been too sophisticated in
the fields of satellite cartography, evolutionary biology, and the physics of carbon-14
dating, but he had something in common with the author of this book. Herodotus recog
nized no difference between history and nature, and neither does the approach of Jared
Diamond.
Rick Harling
Westfield State College Rick Harling
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