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What is Jared Diamond's thesis in Guns, Germs, and Steel?

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The central argument in Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond concerns why some cultures have dominated others. Historians, thinkers, and leaders have perennially asked this question, and the usual theories have included "geography," "climate," and sometimes "race." But Diamond looks at evidence of how geographical continuity across similar climates supported superior agriculture and weaponry. Societies that were similar enough in climate worked together over centuries to create a synergy in technological innovation that, when combined with communication and trade, produced superior technology.

At the core of his thesis is the idea that human knowledge has built on itself in steps, but communication between civilizations happened far more efficiently from East to West and in temperate climates. The rise of civilization in the form of agriculture helped some societies, notably Western European ones, rely on wheat as a consistent protein source. Because the temperate climate of Western and...

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