Guns, Germs and Steel

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Guns, Germs and Steel

  1. 1. Guns, Germs, & Steel Geographic Determinis! & The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
  2. 2. INTRO: Collision at Cajamarca • Atahualpa !Inca" vs. Pizarro !Spaniard" • Cajamarca, Peru • Signi#cance?
  3. 3. INTRO: Collision at Cajamarca • Atahualpa !Inca" vs. Pizarro !Spaniard" • Cajamarca, Peru • Signi#cance?
  4. 4. Collision at Cajamarca REASONS FOR PIZARRO$S SUCCESS • Military Technology !guns, steel weapons, and horses" • Infectious diseases
  5. 5. Collision at Cajamarca REASONS FOR PIZARRO$S SUCCESS • Maritime technology • Centralized political organization • Writing
  6. 6. Chains of Causation
  7. 7. Proximate Causes %GUNS, GERMS, & STEEL& • Why Europe !Asia"? Why NOT America?
  8. 8. East ! West Axis North ! South Axis Ultimate Causes %FARMER POWER&
  9. 9. Agriculture & Animals Agricultural societies Meat from livestock produce more food and replaces wild meat. thus more people. Animals also provide Density also creates power to pull plows and more possible inventors. fertilizer. Diseases follow.
  10. 10. World Distribution of Large'Seeded Grass Species Area Number of Species West Asia, Europe, N. Africa 33 East Asia 6 Sub'Saharan Africa 4 Americas 11 Northern Australia 2 TOTAL 56
  11. 11. Corn niblets vs Chickpeas • Teosinte • Ancestor of Maize • Indian selection created varieties
  12. 12. Corn niblets vs Chickpeas • Chickpea !Garbanzo bean" • High in protein • Edible in original wild form
  13. 13. Mammalian Candidates for Domestication Eurasia America"s# Candidates 72 24 Domesticated species 13 1 ( of candidates domesticated 18( 4(
  14. 14. Domestication Dates !large mammals" Species Date #B.C.E.$ Place Dog 10,000 SW Asia, China, N.Amer. Sheep 8,000 SW Asia Goat 8,000 SW Asia Pig 8,000 SW Asia, China Cow 6,000 SW Asia, India Horse 4,000 Ukraine Donkey 4,000 Egypt Water Bu%alo 4,000 China? Llama 3,500 Andes Bactrian camel 2,500 Central Asia Arabian camel 2,500 Arabia
  15. 15. Deadly Gifts from Our Animal Friends
  16. 16. Deadly Gifts from Our Animal Friends Human Diseas$ Animal Sourc$ Measles cattle !rinderpest" Tuberculosis cattle Smallpox cattle !cowpox" Flu pigs & ducks Pertussis pigs & dogs Falciparum malaria birds !chickens & ducks?"
  17. 17. Conclusion #Why weren$t the Incas the ones to invent guns and steel swords, to b% mounted on animals as fearsome as horses, to bear diseases to which Europeans lacked resistance, to develop oceangoing ships and advanced political organization, and to be able to draw on th% experience of thousands of years of written history?&

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