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The Resource Guns, germs, and steel : [the fates of human societies], Jared Diamond, (sound recording)

Guns, germs, and steel : [the fates of human societies], Jared Diamond, (sound recording)

Label
Guns, germs, and steel : [the fates of human societies]
Title
Guns, germs, and steel
Title remainder
[the fates of human societies]
Statement of responsibility
Jared Diamond
Title variation
Fates of human societies
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Is the balance of power in the world, the essentially unequal distribution of wealth and clout that has shaped civilization for centuries, a matter of survival of the fittest, or merely of the luckiest? In Guns, Germs, and Steel, UCLA professor (and author of the best-seller bearing the same title) Jared Diamond makes a compelling case for the latter. Diamond's theory is that the predominance of white Europeans (and Americans of European descent) over other cultures has nothing to do with racial superiority, as many have claimed, but is instead the result of nothing more, or less, than geographical coincidence. His argument, in a nutshell, is that the people who populated the Middle East's "fertile crescent" thousands of years ago were the first farmers, blessed with abundant natural resources (native crops such as wheat and barley, domesticable animals like pigs, goats, sheep, and cows). When their descendents migrated to Europe and northern Africa, climates similar to the crescent's, those same assets, which were unavailable in most of the rest of the world, led to the flourishing of advanced civilizations in those places as well. Add to that their ability to control fire, and Europeans eventually developed the guns and steel (swords, trains, etc.) they used to conquer the planet (the devastating diseases they brought with them, like smallpox, were an unplanned "benefit" to their subjugation of, for instance, Peru's native Incas). The program uses location footage (from New Guinea, South America, Africa, and elsewhere), interviews, reenactments, maps, and Diamond's own participation to support his thesis
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MEAUC
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Diamond, Jared M
Dewey number
303.4
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not applicable
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Literary text for sound recordings
history
PerformerNote
Read by Grover Gardner
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Gardner, Grover
  • AUC Library
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  • Social evolution
  • Civilization
  • Ethnology
  • Human beings
  • Culture diffusion
Label
Guns, germs, and steel : [the fates of human societies], Jared Diamond, (sound recording)
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unknown
Control code
ocm75973022
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Edition
Abridged.
Extent
5 sound discs (6 hr.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9781565115149
Other physical details
digital
Publisher number
HBP 88969
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 763621
  • (OCoLC)75973022
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Compact discs
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not applicable
Tape width
not applicable
Label
Guns, germs, and steel : [the fates of human societies], Jared Diamond, (sound recording)
Publication
Note
Subtitle from container
Capture and storage technique
unknown
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Control code
ocm75973022
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Edition
Abridged.
Extent
5 sound discs (6 hr.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9781565115149
Other physical details
digital
Publisher number
HBP 88969
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 763621
  • (OCoLC)75973022
System details
Compact discs
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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