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In Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, the author muses on the juxtaposition of the ancient barbarism of the Scots and their later cultural contributions to Western Culture. Respective examples of these two extremes are cannibalism (alleged by non-Scots) and groundbreaking philosophy (which awoke some from their "dogmatic slumbers").

Gibbon deduced from this comparison a point that foreshadows a theme found in Guns, Germs, and Steel: given enough time, the New Zealand natives may, like their Scottish native equals before them, go on to give birth to the likes of a(n):


In Gibbon's [b:The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|19400|The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1167204802s/19400.jpg|3209631], the author muses on the juxtaposition of the ancient barbarism of the Scots and their later cultural contributions to Western Culture. Respective examples of these two extremes are cannibalism (alleged by non-Scots) and groundbreaking philosophy (which awoke some from their <i>"dogmatic slumbers"</i>).

Gibbon deduced from this comparison a point that foreshadows a theme found in [b:Guns, Germs, and Steel|1842|Guns, Germs, and Steel|Jared Diamond|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1158959888s/1842.jpg|2138852]: given enough time, the <i>New Zealand natives</i> may, like their Scottish native equals before them, go on to give birth to the likes of a(n):


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