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According to Guns, Germs, and Steel, what made the Europeans accidental conquerors?

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Posted October 1, 2012 at 7:46 PM via web

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According to Guns, Germs, and Steel, what made the Europeans accidental conquerors?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 1, 2012 at 7:58 PM (Answer #1)

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According to Diamond, the Europeans were accidental conquerors because they got the agents of conquest essentially by accident.  Diamond’s major claim is that the various societies of the world came to be powerful or weak due to geographic luck.  He says that the Europeans became strong largely because they were lucky.  Eurasia just happened to be the place where agriculture was first able to arise (because of geographic factors like the number of domesticable plants and animals).  Eurasia happened to have a long east-west axis, making diffusion possible.  These factors, which were accidental, ended up allowing the Europeans to get the guns, germs, and steel that made them powerful conquerors. 

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