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Tables of Contents for Guns, Germs and Steel
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PROLOGUE YALI'S QUESTION The regionally differing courses of history
13
20
PART ONE FROM EDEN TO CAJAMARCA
33
50
CHAPTER 1 UP TO THE STARTING LINE What happened on all the continents before 11,000 B.C.?
35
18
CHAPTER 2 A NATURAL EXPERIMENT OF HISTORY How geography molded societies on Polynesian islands
53
14
CHAPTER 3 COLLISION AT CALAMARCA Why the Inca emperor Atahuallpa did not capture King Charles I of Spain
67
16
PART TWO THE RISE AND SPREAD OF FOOD PRODUCTION
83
110
CHAPTER 4 FARMER POWER The roots of guns, germs, and steel
85
8
CHAPTER 5 HISTORY'S HAVES AND HAVE-NOTS Geographic differences in the onset of food production
93
11
CHAPTER 6 TO FARM OR NOT TO FARM Causes of the spread of food production
104
10
CHAPTER 7 HOW TO MAKE AN ALMOND The unconscious development of ancient crops
114
17
CHAPTER 8 APPLES OR INDIANS Why did peoples of some regions fail to domesticate plants?
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26
CHAPTER 9 ZEBRAS, UNHAPPY MARRIAGES, AND THE ANNA KARENINA PRINCIPLE Why were most big wild mammal species never domesticated?
157
19
CHAPTER 10 SPACIOUS SKIES AND TILTED AXES Why did food production spread at different rates on different continents?
176
17
PART THREE FROM FOOD TO GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL
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100
CHAPTER 11 LETHAL GIFT OF LIVESTOCK The evolution of germs
195
20
CHAPTER 12 BLUEPRINTS AND BORROWED LETTERS The evolution of writing
215
24
CHAPTER 13 NECESSITY'S MOTHER The evolution of technology
239
26
CHAPTER 14 FROM EGALITARIANISM TO KLEPTOCRACY The evolution of government and religion
265
28
PART FOUR AROUND THE WORLD IN FIVE CHAPTERS
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110
CHAPTER 15 YALI'S PEOPLE The histories of Australia and New Guinea
295
27
CHAPTER 16 HOW CHINA BECAME CHINESE The history of East Asia
322
12
CHAPTER 17 SPEEDBOAT TO POLYNESIA The history of the Austronesian expansion
334
20
CHAPTER 18 HEMISPHERES COLLIDING The histories of Eurasia and the Americas compared
354
22
CHAPTER 19 HOW AFRICA BECAME BLACK The history of Africa
376
27
EPILOGUE THE FUTURE OF HUMAN HISTORY AS A SCIENCE
403
24
Acknowledgments
427
2
Further Readings
429
30
Credits
459
2
Index
461