What is the thesis and main arguments in "Guns, Germs and Steel"?

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Diamond asserts that whites have been more dominate over the natives because of environmental influences.  He denies any racial superiority of whites over other races, instead focusing on the non-racial impacts, for example

  • The importance of farming and the development of farming in specific regions. 
  • The climates in certain areas were more condusive to the growth of important crops - leaving areas that were not prime for farming less developmed (like New Guinea).
  • The dominance of white peoples developed more by happenstance (luck of climate and location) than actual differences (intelligence, strength, etc) between the people.