2Guns, Germs, and Steel The Fates of Human Societies based on the book of the same name by Jared Diamond
3The Book’s Major Question Peoples of Eurasian origin, especially those still living in Europe and Eastern Asia and in places where their cultures have spread, dominate the world in power and wealth.Other peoples have been decimated, subjugated and even exterminated by Eurasian colonists.WHY?
4"In the 13,000 years since the end of the last Ice Age, …
5…some parts of the world developed literate industrial societies with metal tools…
6…other parts developed only non-literate farming societies…
7…and still others remained societies of hunter-gatherers with stone tools…
8Inequality and Extermination Those historical inequalities have cast long shadows on the modern world, because the literate societies with metal tools have conquered or exterminated the other societies."
9Yali’s Question Yali, a New Guinea politician asked "Why is it that you white people developed so much cargo and brought it to New Guinea,but we black people had little cargo of our own?"
10Distribution of Wealth To rephrase,"why did wealth and power become distributed as they now are, rather than in some other way?”Distribution of Wealth in the World
11Common explanations Racial or genetic superiority? No objective evidence for this theory
12Common explanations Cold climate stimulates inventiveness? But Europeans inherited from warm climate peoplesagriculture,wheels,writing, andmetallurgyJapan inheritedAgriculture, metallurgy, writingIndustrial Revolution
13Up to the Starting Point Chapter 1Up to the Starting Point
14Cro Magnons Cro-Magnons moved into Europe 40,000 years ago. Tools, needles, fishhooks, harpoons, bows and arrows, sewn clothing, houses, carefully buried skeletons, art, hunting big prey.Displaced or killed off Neandertals
15Spreading Out40,000-30,000 years ago humans used watercraft to cross from Asia to Indonesia to Australia and New Guinea.This time period correlates to a massive extinction of large game in those places.
16Large Game in EurasiaDiamond's theory is that large game survived in Eurasia because humans took a million years to develop tools and become lethal predators of large game, giving game time to adapt.
17Spreading to the Americas By 20,000 years ago, humans learned how to survive in Siberia.This led to migration to Americas by 12,000 BC.It took 1,000 years for humans to cover both N. and S. America.Time period correlates to a massive extinction of large game in Americas: Horses, lions, elephants, cheetahs, camels, and giant ground sloths.
18A Natural Experiment of History Chapter 2A Natural Experiment of History
19Chatham IslandsIn 1835, a seal hunting ship visiting the Chatham islands 500 miles off the coast of New Zealand brought the first news to New Zealand of islands where:"there is an abundance of sea and shellfish; the lakes swarm with eels;and it is a land of the karaka berry...The inhabitants are very numerous, but they do not understand how to fight,and have no weapons".
21Maori of New ZealandNine hundred of the native Maori people of New Zealand,armed with guns,arrived in the Chatham Islandsannouncing that the Chatham Islands people (the Moriori)were now their slaves,and killed those who objected.
22Moriori Slaughter An eyewitness account said "The Maori commenced to kill us like sheep...We were terrified, fled to the bush,concealed ourselves in holes underground, and in any place to escape our enemies.It was of no avail; we were discovered and killed-- men, women, and children indiscriminately".Maori
23Maori Explanation A Maori conqueror explained: "We took possession...in accordance with our customs and we caught all the people.Not one escaped.Some ran away from us, these we killed, and others we killed -- but what of that?It was in accordance with our custom".
24Natural History Experiment This is a natural history experiment. Both the Maori and Moriori descended from the same Polynesian farmers who settled New Zealand.
25MorioriBut the Moriori, after moving to the Chatham islands hundreds of years earlier could not farm due to the cold climate, and became hunter/gatherers.They learned to live peacefully because their resources were so limited.
26Maori The New Zealand Maori The difference was geography. continued farmingdense populationsmore complex technology and political organizationferocious wars:The difference was geography.Competing agricultural societies are prone to warfare
27Collision at Cajamarca Chapter 3Collision at Cajamarca
28Conquest of the New World "The biggest population shift of modern times has been the colonization of the New World by Europeans, and the resulting conquest, numerical reduction, or complete disappearance of most groups of Native Americans "
29PizarroThe Incas were conquered by the Spaniard Francisco Pizarro.
30Pizarro’s Forces Pizarro had 168 soldiers. They were in unfamiliar territory, ignorant of the local inhabitants, were 1,000 miles away from reinforcements, and were and surrounded by the Incan empire with 80,000 soldiers led by Atahuallpa.
31Guns, Germs and SteelPizarro, however, had steel armor and swords, horse mounted cavalry, and guns (a minor factor).
32TreacheryThe account of the capture of Atahuallpa is one of the most difficult passages you may ever read, due to the treachery employed by Pizarro, and the religious justification used.Of course, we also know that Pizarro collected a huge ransom for Atahuallpa in gold and silver, and then killed him anyway.Inca Gold
33Conquistadors In addition to horses and steel, the conquistadors Had superior ocean going shipsHad superior political organization of the European statesCarried infectious diseases that wiped out 95% of Native Americans (smallpox, measles, influenza, typhus, bubonic plague)Had superior knowledge of human behavior from thousands of years of written history.
34ConquistadorsPizarro got his treacherous ideas from the experience of Cortez.The Incas knew nothing of Spaniards.Cortez and Montezuma
35Why not the other way?Still, why was it that the Europeans had all of the advantages instead of the Incas? Why didn't the Incas invent guns and steel swords, have horses, or bear deadly diseases?IncaInca Warrior
36Food ProductionWhy did food production not evolve in large, geographically suitable areas of the globe?Why did the dates of food production development vary so widely?Were the humans different, or was the environment?
37All people on earth were once hunter-gathers; why did some leave this behind and others not?
38“Food production systems evolved as a result of the accumulation of many separate decisions about allocating time and effort” (Diamond).Food production developed as a way to provide the most calories (particularly of protein) with the least amount of effort.
39The major significance of evolving into food production was to free up time so that certain tribal members could become SPECIALISTS: weapon makers, container makers, tribal leaders, medicine men, etc.
40In cultures that evolved food production, the major factors contributing were: Decline in the availability of wild foodsIncreased availability of domesticable wild plantsDevelopment of technologies for collecting, processing and storing wild foods
42Selection of largest and most attractive plants Preferential planting of “best” seedsFavoring beneficial mutations in plants (almonds)Selection of seeds that did not germinate simultaneouslySelection of self-pollinatorsAll of these evolved slowly over thousands of years. Almonds but not acorns
43Problems With Food Cultivation in Much of North America Major grain crop, corn, was very tiny, took thousands of years to evolve into modern size, not self-pollinating, and very low in proteinWild grasses largely limited to rice which also was low in proteinFew (turkey and dog) domesticable animals to assist in production or to be eaten
44Advantages of Western Eurasia Largest land mass in Mediterranean climateGreat diversity of wild plants and animalsGreatest seasonal climatic variety—more annuals56 prize grasses
45Range of altitudes led to staggered harvests Less competition from hunter-gatherers
46Why New Guineans Didn’t Develop Agriculture No domesticable grain cropsRoot crops lacking in proteinNo domesticable large mammal species
47In coastal areas, consumed fish which shows openness to new foods In highlands, frequent protein starvation (which may have been a factor in areas where cannibalism existed)
48Mississippi Florescence Refers to arrival of dozens of crops from Mexico. Once introduced, they were widely cultivated. This is evidence that once crops arrived, indigenous people planted and cultivated them.
49All of this supports Diamond’s thesis that differences in the arrival of plant production were based, not on limitations of the people but on biota.
51The Role of Domesticable Animals in Food Production “Domesticable animals are all alike; every undomesticable animal is undomesticable in its own way” (Diamond).
52Provided by Domestic Animals MeatMilk ProductsFertilizerTransportLeatherMilitary assault vehiclesPlow traction(Germs)
53Domestication is the process by which wild animals are transformed into something more helpful to humans.
54Eurasia had 13 0f 14 domesticable animals. See slide of these animals
55The Major Five Sheep (Asiatic mouflon) Goat (Besoar goat of West Asia) Cow, ox, cattle (aurochs, now extinct, found in EurasiaPig (wild boar, distributed over Eurasia and North Africa)Horse (wild horses from Russia)
56The Minor Nine Camel (Arabia and Central Asia) Llama and alpaca (Andes)Donkey (African wild ass of Northern Africa)Reindeer (Northern Eurasia)Water buffalo (Southeast Asia)
57Yak (Himalayas and Tibetan plateau) Bali cattle (banteng from Southeast Asia)Mithan (the gar of India and Burma)
5814 Domestic Mammals Animal Wild ancestor Date (BCE) location Sheep Asiatic mouflon sheep8000West and Central AsiaGoatBezoar goatWest AsiaCowAurochs6000Eurasia and North AfricaPigWild boarHorseWild horses4000Southern Russia(minor 9)Arabian camel (1-hump)Wild camel2500ArabiaBactrian camel (2-hump)Central AsiaLlama and AlpacaGuanaco3500AndesDonkeyAfrican wild assNorth AfricaReindeerWild reindeerNorthern EurasiaWater buffaloWild water buffaloSoutheast AsiaYakWild yakHimalayas and TibetBali cattleBantengMithanGaurIndia and BurmaEurasian?
59Why Were Eurasia’s Animals Domesticated? Why Eurasia's horses but not Africa’s zebras?Why Eurasia’s pigs but not America's or Africa’s?Why Eurasia’s cattle but not buffalo?
60Was it the peoples or the animals? The evidence that it was the animals themselves is based on the rapid adoption of domesticable animals once they arrived from other places.
61There were repeated 19th and 20th century attempts to domesticate Eland, moose, ox, zebra, and bison.Modern geneticists met with little success—so too indigenous peoples.
62Why “perpetually wild”? DietGrowth rateProblems with Captive Breeding (pandas, cheetahs, vicunasNasty and dangerous dispositions ( grizzly bear, American buffalo, zebra)Tendency to panic when approached (all gazelle species)Some too finicky about diests, sosts of supplying food (calorie costs) elephants grow to adulthood too slowly
63Social structure: Domestic animals live in herds, have a dominance hierarchy, overlap ranges rather than have exclusive territory.
64Role of Direction of Major Axes in Dissemination of Ideas and Products
65Why Did Ideas About Plants and Animals spread more quickly in Eurasia? AxesEurasiaThe AmericasAfrica
66GERMS! Diseases have been major shapers of history Influenza of 1918 European conquests of Americas (Spanish conquistadors, English settlers)See chart of major axses
67Eurasia sight of major infectious diseases: Why? Many diseases zoonoticCritical masses of people because of efficient food productionCrowd diseases could not survive in small bands of peopleLeprosy, yaws, hookworms may be oldest because could survive in smaller tribes
68Farming and agriculture increase diseases and disease spread Farms live around and often fertilize with their own sewageDensely packed human populationsEvolution of world trade routes (distributed smallpox)Add chart of diseases from livestorck
70Syphilis is suspected of being only disease transferred from native Americans to Euarsia.
71Development of Written Language Critical Writing is the key to transmit knowledge to distant lands and to retain knowledgeWriting was developed by agricultural groups because food production allows for the development of specialists (scribes)
72With the exception of Egyptian and Chinese all writing systems are derived from early Mesoamerican writing.Phoenicians provided representational consonantal alphabetGreeks invented representation of vowel sounds
73Written language aided in conquering of new lands. Last slide.
75Why Did Eurasians Possess Technology First? Technology develops cumulatively rather than in isolated actsTechnology finds most of its uses AFTER inventionTechnology requires a society to adopt it
76Religions vary widely in their willingness to adopt technology Depending on geography, information about technological advances will reach some people and not others
77Descendents of those societies that achieved centralized government and organized religion earliest ended up dominating the modern world.
78“The combination of government and religion has thus functioned together with germs, writing, and technology as one of the four main sets or proximate agents leading to history's broadest pattern.How did governments and religions arise?
79Levels of Social Organization Evolve from Least to Most Complex BandsTribesChiefdomsStates
80Bands Tiny populations: typically 5-80 people Most are close relatives by birth or marriageAll humans lived in bands until 40,000 years ago
81Bands Usually nomadic: live in areas where food is scarce Land used jointly by whole groupNo specialization: all able-bodied individuals forage for foodEconomic System: Reciprocal ExchangeNo laws, treaties, or police to help resolve disputesBut being closely related helps!
82TribesSociety with hundreds of people, usually settled in many villagesShared language and cultureMore than one kinship groupLand belongs to clans within a tribeEveryone knows everyone else by name and relationship
83Tribes Social system egalitarian No upper or lower class No one can become more wealthyGovernment still egalitarianDecisions are made in a groupMay have “big man” with limited power; still would live like others
84Chiefdoms Population: several thousands to tens of thousands Arose about 7500 years ago with rising populationsIn 1492 widespread in North and South America, Africa, Polynesia
85States Populations of 50,000 to 1 billion Usually have literate elites Sometimes literate populationArose first in Mesopotamia, later in Mesoamerica, China, Southeast Asia, Andes, West Africa
86Religion Early: tribal deities Polytheist Standardized temples and religions evolve under influence of kingsOften these kings were head of state religionMonotheism evolvesTemples or religious centers are crucial to economic redistribution, writing, crafts, technology
87Advantages of States and Centralized Religions Primarily as they allow for specializationProvide critical mass for technologies to emerge, be adapted, and spreadMay reduce numbers of armed conflictsDissemination of ideas and information
88Religions Can unite a people with shared goals and beliefs May create central “mythos”: idea that God wants them to spread this religionMissionaries played critical role in providing Eurasian ideas and technology to isolated populations.
89Development Diagram Ultimate Factors East/West Axis Many suitable wild speciesEase of species spreadingMany domesticated plant and animal speciesFood surpluses, food storageLarge, dense, sedentary, stratified societiestechnologyProximate FactorshorsesGuns, steel swordsOcean-going shipsPolitical organization, writingEpidemic disease
100The End of China’s Reign In the 1400s, fleets of a hundred treasure ships120 meters long sent to AfricaIn 1433, a political argument in the Chinese court led to the suspension of naval activitiesDue to political unification, this effectively halted China’s global progress.
101The irony is that China’s greatest strength, political unity, is what led to China’s global downfall.
102My years in New Guinea have convinced me that people around the world are fundamentally similar. Wherever you go, you can find people who are smart, resourceful, and dynamic. No society has a monopoly on those traits. Of course, there are huge cultural differences, but they're mainly the result of inequality; they're not its root cause. Ultimately what's far more important is the hand they are dealt, the raw materials they had at their disposal. Jared Diamond
104That’s All, Folks! Don Rechtman www.OrfeoMusic.org QQ (oorfeo)
105Links for 枪炮、病菌与钢铁One resource for buying the book in Chinese is atThe complete Chinese translation of the book is atI could not find video with subtitles, but the DVD with Chinese subtitles can be found at Book City and online.Part 1:Part 2: