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Guns, Germs, and Steel

The Fates of Human Societies

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    Preface to the Paperback Edition

    Prologue: Yali's Question

    1. The Regionally Differing Courses of History

    PART ONE: FROM EDEN TO CAJAMARCA

    Chapter 1: Up to the Starting Line

    1. What Happened on all the Continents before 11,000 B.C.?

    Chapter 2: A Natural Experiment of History

    1. How Geography Molded Societies on Polynesian Islands

    Chapter 3: Collision at Cajamarca

    1. Why the Inca Emperor Atahuallpa did not Capture King Charles I of Spain

    PART TWO: THE RISE AND SPREAD OF FOOD PRODUCTION

    Chapter 4: Farmer Power

    1. The Roots of Guns, Germs, and Steel

    Chapter 5: History's Haves and Have-Nots

    1. Geographic Differences in the Onset of Food Production

    Chapter 6: To Farm or Not to Farm

    1. Causes of the Spread of Food Production

    Chapter 7: How to Make an Almond

    1. The Unconscious Development of Ancient Crops

    Chapter 8: 8 Apples or Indians

    1. Why did Peoples of Some Regions Fail to Domesticate Plants?

    Chapter 9: Zebras, Unhappy Marriages, and the Anna Karenina Principle

    1. Why were most Big Wild Mammal Species Never Domesticated?

    Chapter 10: Spacious Skies and Tilted Axes

    1. Why did Food Production Spread at Different Rates on Different Continents?

    PART THREE: FROM FOOD TO GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL

    Chapter 11: Lethal Gift of Livestock

    1. The Evolution of Germs

    Chapter 12: Blueprints and Borrowed Letters

    1. The Evolution of Writing

    Chapter 13: Necessity's Mother

    1. The Evolution of Technology

    Chapter 14: From Egalitarianism to Kleptocracy

    1. The Evolution of Government and Religion

    PART FOUR: AROUND THE WORLD IN FIVE CHAPTERS

    Chapter 15: Yali's People

    1. The Histories of Australia and New Guinea

    Chapter 16: How China became Chinese

    1. The History of East Asia

    Chapter 17: Speedboat to Polynesia

    1. The History of the Austronesian Expansion

    Chapter 18: Hemispheres Colliding

    1. The Histories of Eurasia and the Americas Compared

    Chapter 19: How Africa became Black

    1. The History of Africa

    Epilogue: The Future of Human History as a Science

    Acknowledgments

    Further Readings

    Credits

    Index