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Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel
Why is English becoming the default world language? Why did people from Europe conquer the people on the other continents--in the Americas, in Oceana, in Australasia, in Africa, and even in large chunks of Asia. Over all the globe only China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Ethiopia avoided a permanent European conquest that destroyed their previous political regime. (Moreover, Ethiopia was occupied by Italy for five years; Taiwan and Korea were conquered and occupied by Japan; and for the second half of the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century Chinese independence was a near-run thing.)

Why? Why did Europeans conquer Peru, Mexico, Ghana, and Australia? Why didn't Incas, Aztecs, Ashanti, or Australians conquer Eurasians. That is the question that Jared Diamond answers--largely successfully--in this book. And his answer can be summed up in one phrase: "seeds, germs, size, and guns." (Note that the answer is not "guns, germs, and steel"--a phrase that is more euphonious but less meaningful.)
diamond  History  Europe  DeLong 
9 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Making Sense Podcast #161 - Rise & Fall | Sam Harris
Discussing Jared Diamond and his hypothesis of geographical destiny in explaining the current pecking order of societies. Along the line they discuss IQ, cultures, the Chilean coup and the implications to Trump, immigration, Japan and modern politics.
diamond  geography  culture  Europe  Race  evolution  IQ  harris  podcasts  Books  Chile 
11 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Haiti and the Dominican Republic: One Island, Two Worlds - The Globalist
In contrast, the Haitian side is drier because of that barrier of high mountains blocking rains from the east.

Compared to the Dominican Republic, the area of flat land good for intensive agriculture in Haiti is much smaller, as a higher percentage of Haiti’s area is mountainous. There is more limestone terrain, and the soils are thinner and less fertile and have a lower capacity for recovery.
Haiti  diamond 
january 2018 by HispanicPundit

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