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Guns, Germs, and Steel

by Jared Diamond
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What are some key words that capture the "strategies" that allowed some communities to survive and others not?   I read the book Guns, Germs and steel of Jared Diamond. Now I have to find key words that capture the "strategies" that allowed some communities to survive and others not.And explain why, could anyone help me?

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The one key word that captures the major strategy that allowed some communties to survive is "agriculture."  Really the major thrust of this whole book is that the early development of agriculture (Diamond tends to call it "food production") is what allows some societies to come to dominate others.

A second possible key word is something that arises in societies that have agriculture.  That is "writing."  Diamond argues that writing allows knowledge to be passed down from generation to generation quite easily.  This increases the amount of technology that can be developed as one generation can build on others.

Finally, I think you could say that "competiton" is another important strategy.  Communities that are forced to compete with other societies (for example in Europe) tend to develop more technology and "better" systems than those societies (like China) that are not forced to compete.

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