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In Guns, Germs, and Steel, how does Diamond address the issues he discusses in the...

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Posted August 21, 2012 at 8:25 PM via web

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In Guns, Germs, and Steel, how does Diamond address the issues he discusses in the last few pages of the last chapter, when he proposes a science of human history?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 21, 2012 at 8:51 PM (Answer #1)

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In the last pages of the book, Diamond addresses the issues in a very systematic way in which he compares history to various sorts of sciences.  Diamond thinks that history should be studied more in the way that the sciences are studied.  He realizes, however, that this sounds odd to many people.  Therefore, he looks at how history compares to various sciences.  He says that history cannot be like a science like chemistry where experiments are possible.  However, he says it can be like sciences such as climatology or paleontology where experiments are not possible.  Diamond systematically examines ways in which "historical sciences" are different from other sciences.  Thus, we can say that Diamond addresses these issues in a systematic and comparative way.

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