I recently, actually accidentally, happened to explore Jared Diamond and his theory of societies. I heard about it from more than a couple of friends and the book, Guns, Germs and Steel is the place where i need to end up. 480 pages did not seem to be a big deal compared to the classic unabridged version of ‘War and Peace’ which counts well over 1200+ pages in both the volumes which i have set out to read recently.


Too lazy to actually read the whole thing over a book i touched upon the video version of it and asked youtube. "Can you help ?". The answer has been ‘Yes’. 18 parts of the national geographic version spread over 3 episodes and 4 hrs of effort. Not so time consuming.Actually the theory is quiet old and did not interest me when i saw that the videos were uploaded in Nov 2007 at the beginning. However, i went ahead and started watching it.If you want to do the same thing just follow this link, it definitely will not give you the same impression of the book, however, it works for some of us to get the gist of it and move on.

Jared’s fascinating 30 year research comes down to just one concept, geographically "well-off" lands (natural resources or kind of vegetation) produced more food which went on to feed the population which in turn increased the productivity of the locals. These productivity levels helped them to create new methods that helped them to reach the next level in areas like cultivation, raising cattle, looking for even more alternate sources of food and engineering. He started with New Guinea.
 

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Most of his theory, ( as per the video ) revolves around Europeans conquering the world and as far as my history knowledge goes they have succeeded in doing so. Conquests happened because of natural resources, unless we are talking about a mad campaign that was originated because of ego clashes. I think his theory is good but it cannot be extrapolated in the world of Trade policies, IMF, World bank etc. International diplomacy plays its role in the modern world. Germs are there still, H1N1 is an example for that.

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