[Marxism] Fwd: guns, germs, steel, and creeping determinism | i heart literati

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Sep 24 06:16:04 MDT 2014

The standard historical narrative holds that Pizarro overran the Inka 
because of superior weaponry and the ravages of smallpox. That is, to 
guns, germs, and steel (specifically, a steel-based centralized 
economy). Guns, Germs, and Steel accepts that view, but it’s actually a 
strangely misleading title. What Diamond really wants to isolate are not 
the immediate causes, but the ultimate ones: why did some cultures end 
up with guns, germs, and steel before others?


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