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HEALTH- MEDICINE - SCIENCE > 11. GUNS, GERMS AND STEEL ~ CHAPTER 19 AND AFTERWARD (376 - 440) (11/22/10 - 11/28/10) ~ No spoilers, please

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Hello Everyone,

For the week of November 22nd through November 28th, we are reading approximately the next 41 pages of Guns, Germs and Steel.

This thread will discuss the following chapters and pages (it opens up on November 22nd or the evening of the 21st):

Week Eleven – November 22nd – November 28th - > Chapter NINETEEN and 2003 AFTERWARD p. 376 – 440
NINETEEN – How Africa Became Black and AFTERWARD – 2003 Afterward: Guns, Germs and Steel Today

We will open up a thread for each week's reading. Please make sure to post in the particular thread dedicated to those specific chapters and page numbers to avoid spoilers. We will also open up supplemental threads as we have done for other spotlighted reads.

We kicked everything off on September 12th. We look forward to your participation. Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other noted on line booksellers do have copies of the book and shipment can be expedited. The book can also be obtained easily at your local library, on iTunes for the ipad, etc. However, be careful, some audible formats are abridged and not unabridged.

It is never too late to get started and/or to post. We are now on the home stretch.



This is a link to the complete table of contents and syllabus thread:

We continue the journey.


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

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And so the story continues:

In Chapter 19, the history of sub-Saharan Africa offers striking similarities as well as contrasts with New World history.

The same factors that molded Europeans' encounters with Africans molded their encounters with Native Americans as well.

But Africa also differed from the Americas in all these factors. As a result, European conquest did not create widespread or lasting European settlement of sub-Saharan Africa, except in the far south.

Of more lasting significance was a large-scale population shift within Africa itself, the Bantu expansion. It proves to have been triggered by many of the same causes that played themselves out at Cajamarca, in East Asia, on Pacific islands, and in Australia and New Guinea.

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