Guns, Germs, and Steel Questions and Answers
by Jared Diamond

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What are the three main arguments that Diamond makes in Guns, Germs, and Steel? What evidence does he give? Provide one argument from the first third of the book, one argument from the second third, and one argument from the last third of the book. 

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I would argue that we cannot really give you Diamond’s three main arguments in the context of this question because his three main arguments (to the extent that we can identify three of them) are not evenly spread throughout the book.  There is not one main argument in each third of the book the way the question implies.  Instead, Diamond has one main argument.  This argument is that geographic luck allowed the people of some regions to develop farming earlier than others and those who were lucky ended up having wealth and power in the world.  However, it should be possible to at least pick one major argument from each third of the book. 

From the first third of the book, I will look at Diamond’s claim that geography, and not culture, makes some...

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