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*SPOILER WARNING*

Jared Diamond has a section in Guns, Germs and Steel that gives some suggestions for further readings. He adds some of his references here.

If we are able to add some of this reference material, we will add these citations to this thread.

Any discussions on this thread are NOT considered non spoiler.

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


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PROLOGUE SOURCES:

A COMPENDIUM OF HUMAN GENE FREQUENCIES

#1

The History and Geography of Human Genes (Abridged paperback edition) by Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza by Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza

Diamond states, "This remarkable book approximates a history of everything about everybody, because the authors begin their accounts of each continent with a convenient summary of the continent's geography, ecology, and environment, followed by the prehistory, history, languages, physical anthropology, and culture of its peoples."


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A COMPENDIUM OF HUMAN GENE FREQUENCIES

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The Great Human Diasporas The History of Diversity and Evolution (Helix Books) by Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza by Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza

Diamond states, "This book covers similar material but is written for the general reader rather than specialists.


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A COMPENDIUM OF HUMAN GENE FREQUENCIES

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Here Diamond talks about "another convenient source which is a series of five volumes entitled The Illustrated History of Humankind, ed. Goran Burenhult (San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1993-94). Goodreads unfortunately does not have this collection entered.

He goes on to say that there are five individual volumes in the series which are entitled, respectively, The First Humans, People of the Stone Age, Old World Civilizations, New World and Pacific Civilizations, and Traditional Peoples Today.

Of that set, these are the editions that I found listed in goodreads:


The First Humans: Human Origins and History to 10,000 B.C. - no cover had been added to goodreads by Goran Burenhult

People of the Stone Age Hunter-Gatherers and Early Farmers (Illustrated History of Humankind, Vol. 2) by Goran Burenhult by Goran Burenhult

Old World Civilizations The Rise of Cities and States (Illustrated History of Humankind, Vol. 3) by Goran Burenhult by Goran Burenhult

New World and Pacific Civilizations: Cultures of America, Asia, and the Pacific by Goran Burenhult

There was no goodreads book cover available for the above.

For the last volume, Traditional Peoples Today there was no listing in goodreads.


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HISTORIES OF PARTICULAR REGIONS OR ERAS

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Diamond states, "Several series of volumes published by Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, England, various dates) provide histories of particular regions or eras. He says that one series consists of the following:

The Cambridge History of [X], where X is variously Africa, Early Inner Asia, China, India, Iran, Islam, Japan, Latin America, Poland, and Southeast Asia.

The Cambridge History of Africa, Volume 1 From the Earliest Times to c. 500 B.C. by J. Desmond Clark by J.D. Fage

The above is a multi-volume set and I did not add all eight volumes on the History of Africa. Here is a link which describes the volumes

http://histories.cambridge.org/collec...

Regarding Early Inner Asia:

The Cambridge History of Early Inner Asia by Denis Sinor by Denis Sinor

Regarding China:

The Cambridge History of China, Volume 1 the Ch'in and Han Empires, 221 BC-AD 220 by Denis Crispin Twitchett by Denis Crispin Twitchett

The above is the first volume in a thirteen book series (fifteen volumes however) and is the most comprehensive history of China.

Here is link to a site which identifies all volumes in the set:

http://www.cambridge.org/series/sSeri...

Regarding India:

The New Cambridge History of India, Volume 3, Part 4 Ideologies of the Raj by Thomas R. Metcalf by Thomas R. Metcalf

The above is one of the books in the History of India - the series is divided into multi-volumes and different parts.

There are actually 40 books in the series. Here is a link to more definitive information.

http://www.cambridge.org/uk/series/sS...

Here is the first volume in the history series of Iran:

The Cambridge History of Iran, Volume 1 The Land of Iran by W.B. Fisher W.B. Fisher

There are seven volumes in the history and here is a link which helps give more information:

http://histories.cambridge.org/collec...

The next series mentioned was one relating to Islam:

Here is some information regarding this two volume set:

http://www.cambridge.org/uk/catalogue...

The Cambridge History of Islam, Volume 1A by Bernard Lewis Bernard Lewis

The New Cambridge History of Islam by Robert W. Hefner Robert W. Hefner

Then we move onto Japan:

The Cambridge History of Japan, Volume 1 Ancient Japan by Delmer M. Brown by Delmer M. Brown

Here is a link which gives information about all six volumes:

http://histories.cambridge.org/collec...

Then we move on to Latin America:

The Cambridge History of Latin America, Volume 1 Colonial Latin America by Leslie Bethell by Leslie Bethell

It appears that there are nine volumes to this set and here is a link which will hopefully provide more information:

http://www.cambridge.org/series/sSeri...

Then we move onto Poland:

The Cambridge History of Poland, Vol. 1: From the Origins to Sobieski

There is no bookcover on goodreads. Here is some additional information on this work (on line google scan):

http://books.google.com/books?id=N883...

Now on to Southeast Asia:

The Cambridge History of Southeast Asia (4 Volume Set) by Nicholas Tarling Nicholas Tarling

It appears that this is a four volume set.

Here is some additional information on the four volume set:

http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/ca...


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HISTORIES OF PARTICULAR REGIONS OR ERAS

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Diamond also mentions another series called The Cambridge Encyclopedia of [X], where X is variously Africa, China, Japan, Latin America, the Caribbean, Russia and the former Soviet Union, Australia, the Middle East and North Africa, and India, Pakistan, and adjacent countries.

Regarding Africa:

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Middle East & North Africa by Albert Hourani

There was no bookcover for the above.

I also looked further and found this listing in Barnes and Noble which seems to have some reasonably priced used copies. These are for a copy of the book The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Africa which is not on goodreads.

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Camb...


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Collapse How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond Jared Diamond Jared Diamond

Brief Introduction:

In his prologue, Diamond says "My previous book Guns, Germs and Steel had applied the comparative method to...the differing rates of buildup of human societies on different continents over the last 13,000 years. In the present book focusing instead on collapses rather than buildups, I compare many past and prsent societies that differed with respect to environmental fragility, relations with neighbors, political institutions, and other "input" variables postulated to influence a society's stability. The "output" variables that I examine are collapse or survival, and form of the collapse if a collapse does occur." The collapses Diamond investigates include, among others, Easter Island, the Anasazi of the American Southwest, Norse settlements in Greenland, the Maya, and present-day Rwanda. He also looks at successes, including forest management in Japan and the current prosperity of Iceland after overcoming centuries of poverty and political difficulties.

Review

What caused some of the great civilizations of the past to fall into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates? Using a vast historical and geographical perspective ranging from Easter Island and the Maya to Viking Greenland and modern Montana, Diamond traces a fundamental pattern of environmental catastrophe -- one whose warning signs can be seen in our modern world and that we ignore at our peril.


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The Third Chimpanzee The Evolution & Future of the Human Animal by Jared Diamond Jared Diamond Jared Diamond

Brief Review:

Human beings share 98 percent of our genes with chimpanzees. Yet humans are the dominant species on the planet, having founded civilizations, religions, communication, science, and art -- while chimps remain animals concerned primarily with the basic necessities of survival. What is it about that 2 percent difference in DNA that has created such a divergence between evolutionary cousins? Diamond explores how the human animal, in a remarkably short time, developed the capacity to rule the world ... and the means to irrevocably destroy it.


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Wild An Elemental Journey by Jay Griffiths Jay Griffiths

Brief Review:

Griffiths describes an extraordinary odyssey through wildernesses of earth, ice, water, and fire in this poetic consideration of the tender connection between human society and the wild. The book is by turns passionate, political, funny, and harrowing. It is also a journey into that greatest of uncharted lands -- the wilderness of the mind -- and Griffiths beautifully explores the language and symbolism that shape our experience of our own wildness.


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The Ghost Map The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson Steven Johnson Steven Johnson

Brief Review:

In the summer of 1854, a devastating cholera outbreak seizes London just as it is emerging as a modern city of more than 2 million people. Johnson chronicles the efforts of Dr. Snow, who risks his own life to prove how the epidemic is being spread. When Snow creates the map that traces the pattern of outbreak back to its source, he didn't just solve the most pressing medical riddle of his time. He ultimately established the way modern city-dwellers, city planners, physicians, and public officials think about the spread of disease and the development of the modern urban environment


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Field Notes from a Catastrophe Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert Elizabeth Kolbert

Brief Review:

Taking readers from the melting Alaskan permafrost to storm-torn New Orleans, acclaimed journalist Kolbert approaches this monumental problem from every angle. She interviews researchers and environmentalists, explains the science, draws frightening parallels to lost civilizations and presents the moving tales of people who are watching their worlds disappear. Growing out of an award-winning three-part series for the New Yorker, she brings the environment into the consciousness of the American people and asks what, if anything, can be done to save our planet.


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The Map That Changed the World William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology by Simon Winchester Simon Winchester Simon Winchester

Brief Review:

The Map That Changed the World is, at its foundation, a very human tale of endurance and achievement, of one man's dedication in the face of ruin and homelessness. The world's coal and oil industry, its gold mining, its highway systems, and its railroad routes were all derived entirely from the creation of Smith's first map; and with a keen eye and thoughtful detail, Simon Winchester unfolds the poignant sacrifice behind this world-changing discovery.


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LARGE-SCALE COMPARATIVE HISTORIES

Study of History Vols 1-10 2-Vol Set - no bookcover by Arnold Joseph Toynbee

The above according to Diamond is a 12 volume set. There are abridgements as well. But I believe Diamond is referencing the 12 volume set itself.

EXCELLENT HISTORY OF EURASIAN CIVILIZATION, ESPECIALLY WESTERN EURASIAN CIVILIZATION

The Rise of the West by William Hardy McNeill William Hardy McNeill

A World History by William Hardy McNeill William Hardy McNeill

What Happened in History (no bookcover available) - by Gordon V. Childe

The Evolution of Man and Society (no bookcover available) - by Cyril Dean Darlington

The above is by a biologist who recognizes some of the same links between continental history and domestication that Jared Diamond discusses.


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DISTINGUISHED STUDIES OF THE EUROPEAN OVERSEAS EXPANSION WITH EMPHASIS ON ITS ACCOMPANYING PLANTS, ANIMALS AND GERMS

The Columbian Exchange Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492 30th Anniversary Edition by Alfred W. Crosby Ecological Imperialism The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900 (Studies in Environment and History) by Alfred W. Crosby by Alfred W. Crosby


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COMPARATIVE HISTORIES FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGISTS

Cannibals and Kings Origins of Cultures by Marvin Harris by Marvin Harris Marvin Harris

Evolution and Culture (Ann Arbor Paperbacks) by Elman R. Service by Elman R. Service and Marshall Sahlins Marshall Sahlins


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A STUDY OF GEOGRAPHIC INFLUENCES ON HUMAN SOCIETIES

Influences of Geographic Environment by Ellen Churchill Churchill Semple BY Ellen Churchill Churchill Semple


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GROUP DIFFERENCES IN INTELLIGENCE


The Bell Curve Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life (A Free Press Paperbacks Book) by Richard J. Herrnstein by Richard J. Herrnstein


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CHAPTER ONE

EXCELLENT BOOKS ABOUT EARLY HUMAN EVOLUTION

The Human Career Human Biological and Cultural Origins by Richard G. Klein by Richard G. Klein

Bones of Contention Controversies in the Search for Human Origins by Roger Lewin by Roger Lewin

The Human Revolution Behavioural and Biological Perspectives on the Origins of Modern Humans by Paul Mellars by Paul Mellars

Origins Reconsidered In Search of What Makes Us Human by Richard E. Leakey by Richard E. Leakey

Origin and Evolution of Humans and Humanness by Rasmussen by Rasmussen

Origins of Anatomically Modern Humans (Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology) by Matthew H. Nitecki by Matthew H. Nitecki and Doris V. Nitecki

African Exodus by Chris Stringer by Chris Stringer


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POPULAR BOOKS DEALING SPECIFICALLY WITH THE NEANDERTHALS

In Search of the Neanderthals Solving the Puzzle of Human Origins by Christopher Stringer BY Christopher Stringer

The Neandertals Changing the Image of Mankind by Erik Trinkaus by PAT SHIPMAN and ERIK TRINKAUS

The Last Neanderthal The Rise, Success, and Mysterious Extinction of Our Closest Human Relatives by Ian Tattersall by Ian Tattersall


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TWO TECHNICAL PAPERS WHICH AT THE TIME DIAMOND CONSIDERED TIMELY WITH RECENT ADVANCES IN GENETIC EVIDENCE

Inference of human evolution through cladistic analysis of nuclear DNA restriction polymorphisms

J L Mountain and L L Cavalli-Sforza

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic...

and

Genetic absolute dating based on microsatellites and the origin ofmodern humans
(human origins/human phylogeny/tandem repeat loci/stepwise mutation model/out-of-Africa theory)


D. B. GOLDSTEIN*tt, A. Ruiz LINARES§O, L. L. CAVALLI-SFORZA§, AND M. W. FELDMAN*

http://www.pnas.org/content/92/15/672...


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REFERENCES TO THE HUMAN COLONIZATION OF AUSTRALIA, NEW GUINEA, AND THE BISMARCK AND SOLOMON ARCHIPELAGOES, AND TO EXTINCTIONS OF LARGE ANIMALS.

In the following book, Tim Flannery discusses these subjects in clear, understandable terms and explains the problems with claims of very recent survival of extinct big Australian mammals.

The Future Eaters An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People by Tim Flannery by Tim Flannery Tim Flannery


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LATE PLEISTOCENE AND RECENT EXTINCTIONS OF LARGE ANIMALS

Quaternary Extinctions A Prehistoric Revolution by Paul S. Martin by Paul S. Martin

The Human Impact on the Natural Environment - 5th Edition by Andrew Goudie by Andrew Goudie

A Paper on recent evidence that extinction waves accompanied human settlement of Pacific island birds:

The prehistoric extinction of south pacific birds:catastrophy versus attrition
David W. Steadman
Ornithologist

http://horizon.documentation.ird.fr/e...

and

http://www.es.ucsc.edu/~pkoch/EART_20...


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POPULAR ACCOUNTS OF THE SETTLEMENT OF THE AMERICAS, THE ACCOMPANYING EXTINCTIONS OF LARGE MAMMALS, AND THE RESULTING CONTROVERSIES

The Great Journey The Peopling of Ancient America by Brian M. Fagan by Brian M. Fagan

Americans Before Columbus Ice-Age Origins (Ethnology Monographs, No. 12) by D. C.) Columbian Quincentenary Symposium 1987 (Washington by D. C.) Columbian Quincentenary Symposium 1987 (Washington

Papers:

Vance Haynes and Paleoindian Geoarchaeology and Geochronology of the Great Plains

http://www.argonaut.arizona.edu/artic...

From Kostenki to Clovis Upper Paleolithic-Paleo-Indian Adaptions (Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology) by N.D. Praslov by N.D. Praslov

The First Americans: Search and Research - no bookcover - by Tom D. Dillehay


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Chapter Two

CULTURAL DIFFERENCES AMONG POLYNESIAN ISLANDS

The Evolution of the Polynesian Chiefdoms (New Studies in Archaeology) by Patrick Vinton Kirch by Patrick Vinton Kirch

The Wet and the Dry Irrigation and Agricultural Intensification in Polynesia by Patrick Vinton Kirch by Patrick Vinton Kirch

The Polynesians: Prehistory of an island people - no book cover available - by Peter S Bellwood


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NOTABLE BOOKS DEALING WITH SPECIFIC POLYNESIAN ISLANDS

MORIORI

Moriori: a People Rediscovered - there is no book cover available on goodreads - by Michael King

ON THE CHATHAM ISLANDS

Feathered Gods and Fishhooks An Introduction to Hawaiian Archaeology and Prehistory by Patrick Vinton Kirch by Patrick Vinton Kirch

ON HAWAII

Anahulu The Anthropology of History in the Kingdom of Hawaii, Volume 2 The Archaeology of History (Anahulu) by Patrick Vinton Kirch BY Patrick Vinton Kirch and Marshall Sahlins Marshall Sahlins

Among Stone Giants The Life of Katherine Routledge and Her Remarkable Expedition to Easter Island (Lisa Drew Books) by Jo Anne Van Tilburg and EASTER ISLAND both by Jo Anne Van. Tilburg

Easter Island, Earth Island by Paul G. Bahn by Paul G. Bahn


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Chapter Three

Diamond's account of Pizarro's capture of Atahuallpa combines the eyewitness accounts by Francisco Pizarro's brothers Hernando Pizarro and Pedro Pizarro and by Pizarro's companions Miguel de Estete, Cristobal de Mena, Ruiz de Arce, and Francisco de Xerez which all have been translated by Clements Markham in the following book:

Reports on the Discovery of Peru (Cambridge Library Collection- Hakluyt First Series) by Clements R. Markham by Clements Robert Markham Clements Robert Markham


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REGARDING PEDRO PIZARRO'S ACCOUNT:

History Of The Spanish Conquest Of Yucatan And Of The Itzas by Philip Means History Of The Spanish Conquest Of Yucatan And Of The Itzas by Philip Means An Account Of The Conquest Of Peru by Philip Means by Philip Means


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REGARDING OTHER ACCOUNTS

The Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming by John Hemming

According to Jared Diamond, the above gives a full account of the capture and indeed the whole conquest of Atahuallpa with an extensive bibliography.

Following is a 19th century account of the conquest - This is still highly readable and ranks among the classics of historical writing.

History Of The Conquest Of Peru by William H. Prescott by William H. Prescott William H. Prescott

CORRESPONDING MODERN AND CLASSIC 19TH-CENTURY ACCOUNTS OF THE SPANISH CONQUEST OF THE AZTECS

Conquest Montezuma, Cortes and the Fall of Old Mexico by Hugh Thomas by Hugh Thomas Hugh Thomas

History of the Conquest of Mexico (Modern Library Classics) by William H. Prescott by William H. Prescott William H. Prescott


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CONTEMPORARY EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS OF THE CONQUEST OF THE AZTECS

Some were written by Cortes himself.

Five Letters/1519-1526 by Hernando Cortes by Hernando Cortes

Some were written by Cortes' companions.

The Conquistadors First-Person Accounts of the Conquest of Mexico by Patricia De Fuentes by Patricia De Fuentes


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Chapters 4 - 10

Jared Diamond noted that references for these next seven chapters of food production were combined, since many of the references applied to more than one of the chapters.


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'Aussie Rick' (aussierick) Hi Bentley, I can heartily recommend those books by John Hemming and Hugh Thomas, excellent accounts covering the fall on the Inca and Aztec empires.

The Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming by John Hemming

Conquest Montezuma, Cortes and the Fall of Old Mexico by Hugh Thomas by Hugh Thomas


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'Aussie Rick' (aussierick) I'm not too sure if this fits in with your supplementary reading but it is due out soon and may interest some readers:

Golden Age (no cover) by Hugh Thomas
Publishers blurb
The magisterial and enigmatic Charles V, Emperor of Europe and the New World, is the central figure in the second volume of Hugh Thomas' great history of the Spanish Empire. It begins with the return of the remnants of Magellan's expedition around the world in 1522 and ends with Charles' death in 1558. In the decades between, the Spaniards conquer Guatemala, Yucatan, Columbia, Venezuela, Peru and Chile, and control the banks of the mighty River Plate; the audacious conquistador Francisco de Orellana journeys down the Amazon, Cabeza de Vaca walks from Florida to Mexico, Juan Vazquez Coronado pioneers into New Mexico and Hernando de Soto vainly pursues worldly riches in Florida, Mississippi and Georgia. About all of these Hugh Thomas writes vividly, conveying the conquerors' almost disbelieving sense of what they were achieving. The discovery and subjugation of so many native people raised enormous controversy within Spain about how they should be treated, a debate Thomas explores perceptively, with an eye for resonances which lasted for centuries. Hugh Thomas brings alive one of the most extraordinary and influential moments in High Renaissance and world history.


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I think it does in a way. For this thread I am going through all of the bibliography of Guns Germs and Steel and noting the books and references that Diamond used and/or felt were relevant to mention in his bibliography.

But by all means, current material and new material is always welcome and important to post. This should be a thread which notes all books, etc. pertinent to the discussion, the book, the people, and the events. So please post any additional that you think would be noteworthy.

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


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'Aussie Rick' wrote: "Hi Bentley, I can heartily recommend those books by John Hemming and Hugh Thomas, excellent accounts covering the fall on the Inca and Aztec empires.

The Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming..."


That is great...I am glad that you have read these and have given them a thumbs up. That will be good for our group to know.


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If you want to become a modern day hunter gatherer; the reviews say this is a good book:

The Modern Hunter-Gatherer A Practical Guide To Living Off The Land by Tony Nester by Tony Nester

Brief Synopsis:

Have you ever wondered how to walk into the wilderness and harvest your own food? Are you interested in integrating healthy, wild edibles into your diet while reducing food costs? Do you want to learn the time-tested methods for living off the land in case you become stranded in the wilds or face an emergency where the grocery shelves are empty? In his fourth book, survival instructor Tony Nester delves into practical methods that he has applied on extended survival courses over the past twenty years showing the best techniques for beginning and advanced students of wilderness living. This innovative book illustrates, with detailed photos, the essential methods for harvesting, preserving, and cooking small game, fish, edible plants, and how to reduce your dependence on the system. Recapture the excitement of wandering on the land unencumbered while depending on nature s resources and the skill in your hands. You will learn how to Realistically obtain wild foods from the land; Select a survival firearm for hunting and why small game is the answer to feeding yourself in the wilds; Put together a low-tech but quality fishing kit for catching easy-to-obtain pan fish; Carve, set, and utilize traps and snares that actually work in a survival situation and can keep your family fed in a long-term emergency; Make delicious jerky and preserve meat the old-fashioned way; Harvest and prepare edible plants found in your own neighborhood,


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CHAPTERS FOUR THROUGH TEN

References for these seven chapters on food production will be combined, since many of the references apply to more than one of them.

HOW FOOD PRODUCTION EVOLVED FROM THE HUNTER GATHERER LIFESTYLE

Here is a Power Point presentation which reviews the various beliefs about the origins of agriculture (part of which is based upon Kent Flannery.

http://www.powershow.com/view/195ea-Z...

Crops and Man, 2nd Edition by Jack R. Harlan by Jack R. Harlan

The Origins of Agriculture and Settled Life by Richard S. MacNeish

There was no book cover available for the above book by MacNeish

The Origins of Agriculture: An Evolutionary Perspective by David Rindos

There is also no book cover available for the above book by Rindos.

The Emergence of Agriculture (Scientific American Library) by Bruce D. Smith by Bruce D. Smith


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Notable older references about:

FOOD PRODUCTION IN GENERAL

The Domestication and Exploitation of Plants and Animals by G. Dimbleby by G. Dimbleby

Agricultural Origins and Dispersals - The Domestication of Animals and Foodstuffs by Carl O. Sauer

The above is a classic early comparison of Old World and New World food production. Also, there is no book cover available on goodreads.

Geography of Domestication by Erich Isaac

The above book by Isaac addresses the questions of where, when, and how regarding plant and animal domestication. Also, there is no book cover available on goodreads.


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PLANT DOMESTICATION


Domestication of Plants in the Old World The Origin and Spread of Cultivated Plants in West Asia, Europe, and the Nile Valley by Daniel Zohary by Daniel Zohary

The book by Daniel Zohary stands out among references about plant domestication. It provides the most detailed account of plant domestication available for any part of the world. For each significant crop grown in western Eurasia, the book summarizes archaelogical and genetic evidence about its domestication and subsequent spread.


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IMPORTANT MULTI-AUTHOR BOOKS ON PLANT DOMESTICATION

The Origins of Agriculture An International Perspective by Patty Jo Watson by Patty Jo Watson and C. Wesley Cowan

and

Foraging & Farming The Evolution of Plant Exploitation (One World Archaeology, No. 13) by England) World Archaeological Congress (1986 Southampton by England) World Archaeological Congress (1986 Southampton

and

The Origin and Domestication of Cultivated Plants by C. Barigozzi

There is no book cover on goodreads for the above book.


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TWO ENGAGING POPULAR ACCOUNTS OF PLANT DOMESTICATION

Seed to Civilization The Story of Food by Charles Heiser and Of Plants and People by Charles Bixler Heiser - both by Charles Bixler Heiser


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INFORMATION ABOUT WORLD CROPS

Evolution of Crop Plants by J. Smartt by J. Smartt

The above is the standard reference volume summarizing information about all of the world's major crops and many minor ones.


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ANIMAL DOMESTICATION

Walker's Mammals of the World (2-Volume Set) (Walker's Mammals of the World) by Ronald M. Nowak by Ronald M. Nowak

Among writings of general interest in connection with animal domestication is the above book which is the standard encyclopedic reference work to the world's wild mammals.

Domesticated Animals from Early Times by Juliet Clutton

The above book has no book cover on goodreads. This book by Clutton gives an excellent summary of all important domesticated mammals.


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Evolution of Domesticated Animals

There is no bookcover for the above book which is by I. L. Mason

This book is a multi-author volume discussing each significant domesticated animal individually.

The Archaeology of Animals by Simon J. M. Davis by Simon J. M. Davis

The above book by Simon Davis provides an excellent account of what can be learned from mammal bones in archaeological sites.

The Walking Larder: Patterns of Domestication, Pastoralism, and Predation - there is no book cover available on goodreads - by Clutton-Brock

This book by Clutton-Brock presents 31 papers about how humans have domesticated, herded, hunted, and have been hunted by animals around the world.


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Haustiere - zoologisch gesehen by Wolf Herre

The above is a comprehensive book in German about domesticated animals. There is no book cover available on goodreads.

The Covenant of the Wild Why Animals Chose Domestication by Stephen Budiansky Stephen Budiansky Stephen Budiansky

The above book by Budiansky is a populat account of how animal domestication evolved automatically from relationships between humans and animals.


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ACCOUNTS OF FOOD PRODUCTION IN PARTICULAR AREAS OF THE WORLD

Natural History Bks.XVII-XIX v. 5 (Loeb Classical Library) by Pliny the Elder by Pliny the Elder

The above according to Diamond is a deliciously detailed mini-encyclopedia of Roman agricultural practices. It is a Latin text side by side with English translation in the Loeb Classical Library edition.

FOR EUROPE

The Neolithic Transition and the Genetics of Populations in Europe - there is no book cover available on goodreads - by Albert Ammerman

Ammerman's book analyzes the spread of food production from the Fertile Crescent westward across Europe.

Prehistoric Farming in Europe (New Studies in Archaeology) by Graeme Barker by Graeme Barker

FOR THE LANDS BORDERING THE EASTERN SHORE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN

From Foraging to Agriculture: The Levant at the End of the Ice Age by Donald O. Henry

There is no book cover available for the Henry book.

FOR NEW GUINEA

Man and a Half by Bernie Katchor by Bernie Katchor

FOR CHINA

The Golden Peaches of Samarkand A Study of T'ang Exotics by Edward H. Schafer by Edward H. Schafer

The above book by Schafer describes the animals, plants, and other things imported into China during the T'ang dynasty.


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ACCOUNTS OF PLANT DOMESTICATION AND CROPS IN SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE WORLD

FOR THE HARAPPAN CIVILIZATION OF THE INDUS VALLEY, AND FOR THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT IN GENERAL

Plants and Harappan Subsistence: An Example of Stability and Change from Rojdi by Steven A. Weber

No book cover available for above

FOR ACCOUNT OF CROPS GROWN IN THE ANDES DURING INCA TIMES

The Lost Crops of the Incas Little-known Plants of the Andes With Promise for Worldwide Cultivation by National Research Council National Research Council

There were quite a few articles and books that were just not able to be located and/or were not in goodreads to begin with.


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FOR PLANT DOMESTICATION IN THE EASTERN AND/OR SOUTHWESTERN UNITED STATES:

Rivers of Change by Bruce Smith by Bruce Smith

Prehistoric Food Production in North America by Richard I. Ford

There is no book cover available on goodreads for the above.

The Origins of Southwestern AgricultureR.G. Matson

There is no book cover available for above.


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ACCOUNTS OF ANIMAL DOMESTICATION AND LIVESTOCK IN SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE WORLD

FOR CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE

History of Domestic Mammals in Central and Eastern Europe BY Sandor Bokonyi

No book cover available for above.

FOR AFRICA

Pastoralism in Africa by Andrew B. Smith

No book cover available for above.


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POPULAR ACCOUNT OF PARTICULAR CROPS:

The Gourd Book by Charles Bixler Heiser Charles Bixler Heiser

Folks, there were quite a few articles and entries in this segment that could not be found on goodreads at all.


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