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What is Diamond's main argument in Chapter 5 of Guns, Germs, and Steel?

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Posted September 18, 2012 at 11:55 PM via web

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What is Diamond's main argument in Chapter 5 of Guns, Germs, and Steel?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 19, 2012 at 12:11 AM (Answer #1)

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In Chapter 5, Diamond does not really make much of an argument.  He is simply presenting facts without trying to make a point.  He is using this chapter to set up other chapters.  

In Chapter 5, Diamond is telling us which areas of the world discovered food production on their own and which areas only got it through diffusion and borrowing.  To the extent that there is an argument, he is claiming that the places that got a head start on food production came to have an advantage over those that did not.  He argues that the places that got food production earlier became the "haves" of history.

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