scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,018
Why is it that Europeans ended up conquering so much of the world Or as Yali puts it in the far beginning of the book Why is it that you white people developed so much cargo and brought it to New Guinea but we black people had little cargo of our own Despite all the contrary evidence from anthropology and human biology many persist in attributing the differing political and economic successes of the worlds peoples to historical contingency On the other hand though the author sees the fundamental causes as environmental resting ultimately on ecological differences between the continents and as he well puts it on page 25 Authors are regularly asked by journalists to summarize a long book in one sentence For this book here is such a sentence History followed different courses for different peoples because of differences among peoples environments not because of biological difference among peoples themselves The complex and integrated argument unfolds in four parts strategically constructed by questions why have different continents and regions developed so differently like the Maori killing the Moriori and why did Pizzaro capture Inca emperor Atahuallpa The first part from Eden to Cajamarca sketches developments on all the continents before 11000 BC In the second part the author gives approximate dates on the early production of food and explains why certain peoples developed food production whereas others did not Followed by the studies of why some peoples chose not to farm why some did not domesticate animals and why production spread on different rates at different continents In part three the author argues that the settled communities made possible by production of plant and animal food allowed diseases to leap from domesticated animals to humans He also links success in food production to the inventions of writing and of technology These he relates also to government and religion which he characterizes as kleptocracy After all this research and explanation the author returns to
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA