Guns, Germs and Steel: A Short History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years de Jared Diamond

Leyendo The Blank Slate (sobre el que pronto volveré a hablar, porque estoy a punto de terminar la primera parte) he dado con este libro. El comentario en Amazon.co.uk dice:

Life isn’t fair?here’s why: Since 1500, Europeans have, for better and worse, called the tune that the world has danced to. In Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond explains the reasons why things worked out that way. It is an elemental question, and Diamond is certainly not the first to ask it. However, he performs a singular service by relying on scientific fact rather than specious theories of European genetic superiority. Diamond, a professor of physiology at UCLA, suggests that the geography of Eurasia was best suited to farming, the domestication of animals and the free flow of information. The more populous cultures that developed as a result had more complex forms of government and communication–and increased resistance to disease. Finally, fragmented Europe harnessed the power of competitive innovation in ways that China did not. (For example, the Europeans used the Chinese invention of gunpowder to create guns and subjugate the New World.) Diamond’s book is complex and a bit overwhelming. But the thesis he methodically puts forth–examining the «positive feedback loop» of farming, then domestication, then population density, then innovation, and on and on–makes sense. Written without bias, Guns, Germs, and Steel is good global history.

Pedro Jorge Romero

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  • Luis Alfonso 30 junio, 2002, 3:00 pm

    'Armas, gérmenes y acero' -como se tradujo en España hace ya unos cinco años o así- es una obra imprescindible. Tenía que ser de obligada lectura no ya en la Universidad, sino en la Secundaria o como ahora se llame. Para colmo, además de interesante y originalísima, está magníficamente escrita.

  • Dani 30 junio, 2002, 3:00 pm

    Acabo de leerme este libro y me ha encantado. Coincido en que debería ser obligada lectura en la secundaria, porque consigue explicar por qué el mundo es tal y ´como es, o dicho con las palabras del autor, por qué Pizarro venció a Atahualpa y no al revés. Cierto que no dice nada nuevo para los especialistas, pero es muy inspirador.