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How did Diamond answer Yali's question? (Epilogue)

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flameemperor | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 14, 2010 at 8:20 AM via web

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How did Diamond answer Yali's question? (Epilogue)

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 14, 2010 at 8:46 AM (Answer #1)

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To find the answer to this question, simply look on the very first page of the Epilogue.  There, Diamond says that he would tell Yali that the differences between various kinds of people "have been due not to innate differences" between the kinds of people.  Instead, they have been due to "differences in their environments."

That is the one sentence synopsis of the book.  Diamond has argued throughout the book that Europeans came to dominate the world because of accidents of geography and environment.  He argues that Europeans were lucky, not innately superior.  They were lucky because they inhabited a part of the world that was good for agriculture and, therefore, for having a large population that could lead to having "guns, germs, and steel."

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