Homework Help

Are the sources used to support Diamond's argument in Guns, Germs, and Steel valid?

user profile pic

dnan8130 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted August 10, 2011 at 4:14 AM via web

dislike 1 like

Are the sources used to support Diamond's argument in Guns, Germs, and Steel valid?

1 Answer | Add Yours

Top Answer

user profile pic

pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 10, 2011 at 4:37 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 1 like

The sources used in this book are absolutely valid.  There is no real way to argue that they are not.  Diamond uses articles from well-respected journals such as Science and books published by reputable academic publishers such as the University of Chicago.  These sources can be found in the "Further Readings" section at the back of the book.

While we cannot argue with the validity of Diamond's sources, we can argue with the validity of the conclusions he draws from those sources.  For example, Chapter 2 draws on a number of books about Polynesian societies.  The books are reputable.  Diamond uses them to argue that the differences in Polynesian societies were caused by geography and nothing else.  This is his own conclusion and people may wish to argue with it.

Overall, Diamond's sources are indisputably valid.  What can be disputed is the way in which he uses those sources.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes