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What is Jared Diamond's thesis?explain using historial evidence why Eurocentric and...

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pixieprincess169 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Honors

Posted June 2, 2008 at 3:22 AM via web

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What is Jared Diamond's thesis?

explain using historial evidence why Eurocentric and racist explainations for Yalis question are seen by Diamond and many historians today as loathsome and wrong. *Note* choose atleast one major geographical area and its developments as an example.

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 2, 2008 at 10:14 AM (Answer #1)

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Your question addresses the belief that Europeans were able to conquer so many other nations and peoples because they were considered superior to other races of people. 

Jared Diamond sets out to disprove this theory by presenting us with his argument, nature vs. nuture.

"Major portions of the Eurasian area, Diamond points out, had a natural advantage in agriculture because of the presence of plants and animals that were easily domesticated. Not only did this allow food surpluses to develop, but it also enabled crops such as cotton, flax, and hemp to be easily processed into clothing, blankets, nets, and ropes."

 

"So the reason there wasn't a 15th century Inca invasion of Europe is that the Inca had no horses or cows, no grains to compete with rice or wheat, and so (ultimately) no vast metropolitan areas to serve as Darwinian proving grounds.  And thus no one with the free time to invent the alphabet, the blunderbuss and the caravel."

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etotheeyepi | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted February 19, 2012 at 6:23 AM (Answer #2)

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So, Diamond believes that innovation requires free time; or surplus causes leisure; causes innovation?

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etotheeyepi | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted February 20, 2012 at 6:06 AM (Answer #3)

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Seems to me that the first order of business should be to establish that Europeans have been "considered superior to other races of people."

To me it seems an odd idea, but maybe it has been an excepted idea.

"... there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And in as much as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior ... "

~ Abraham Lincoln at Charleston, IL during the Lincoln-Douglas debates.

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brigettegalvez | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 21, 2012 at 7:20 PM (Answer #4)

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that the goegraphy has something to do with peoples lives

and the different races of the black and white people

 

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