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Hello my fellow members of BookTalk. Let me start by introducing myself. My name is David, and I am a new member to BookTalk. The reason I joined is because i am take a rigorous social studies class (World History AP) and i thought maybe coming here would help me.

Guns, Germs, and Steel is a very good book but sadly, (at my level of education as a 9th grader) there are some parts in the book that i dont understand. I.E too complex.

There are a few questions about the book and i was wondering if i could get some answers.
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When comparing the United States and China, why do Diamond's theories not work? What takes account for the economic difference between these great nations?



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Welcome David!

There are many complex people here at BT, hopefully some will come to your aid.

I'm not familiar with the book you have mentioned, but there are many history buffs here.

Good luck to you



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Sure bud, what are your questions? It's a very good book.



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Sure bud, what are your questions? It's a very good book.


When comparing the United States and China, why do Diamond's theories not work? What takes account for the economic difference between these great nations?



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Are you quoting the questions verbatim? You may have to expand on these a bit, it's been a while since I've read the book.

My first notion is that the cause and effect of global economics is so enormously complex that no single theory will account.



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I have a report due about the book right? So I have been searching through the book and i do not know the answer.

This is the question i have to answer:
When comparing the United States and China, why do Diamond's theories not work? What accounts for the economic difference between these great nations?

Im pretty sure the theories have to do with the answer to Yali's question.

Im looking through chapters 16 and 18. (Im sorry if the question is so broad) :s



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I remember a good deal of the book, but that question seems to be the type where you need to have freshly read it. I'm not even sure what the difference between the American and Chinese economies is.



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Alright ill see if i can find anything in the book



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Well i was talking to my friend and the answer just dawned to me. The answer is not in the book but rather relates to comparing the United States and China today. One thing has to do with Government. Another is Religion



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I'm sorry if I came into this late...but I looked up a brief synopsis of the book online and I think you are right in the fact that a communist outlook versus a capitalist outlook would produce very different tendancies and cultural norms for a group of people. Religion also could have a huge impact on how people think and react to situations. Asian people (and many other cultural groups) have a communal outlook and self sacrificing ideal whereas western culture idealizes individualism and competition. I think these things may have played a large part in the differences between resource production and wealth in US and China. These are just quick thoughts about your question, however, since I have not formally read the book. I think you are on the right track though with your paper, good luck!



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I think Poettes made a good point, China was very reluctant to follow in the foot steps of the Untied States and most of Europe as well. They did not want to give up their ideals or their culture. They were very wary of technology, and are still considered to be behind in regards to the United States, Europe and Japan.

If you are doing a research paper I would ask you teacher if you could do some research outside the book, since you are not finding the answers. I have done this several times, as long as the source is credible, no Wiki sources for instance. Even with essay questions, doing a bit of research shows the teacher you are interested in the subject, Google your question, and sees what comes up, or look into the archieves of the New York Times, or other newspapers.

Just make sure you ask your instructor, and make sure you cite your sources.



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Yea these are very good answers. You two have very good points.

By the way, what was the reason that started the controversy or what not about why teachers cant teach the theory of evolution?



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Hello, Simon



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Diamond's thesis in GGS is that strong links along latitude lines (east-west) are the base of imperial power. The USA has built very strong links from Europe across to the Pacific, enabling it to dominate the world. China, by contrast, was very self-contained and closed during its imperial days, meaning it was an easy victim for the western invaders. His thesis draws from the observation that plants and animals migrated easily along latitude lines in Eurasia, but could not migrate north-south in Africa or the Americas due to climate and disease, so the larger competitive gene pool of Eurasia easily beat Africa when they came into conflict.

The USA is an extension of the European dominance. The suggestion is that Asia will again dominate the world once China gets its act into gear. If Japan and Germany had allied to defeat Russia they could have won the second world war and dominated the world.



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whoose simon?



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