Jared Diamond

Topics: Byzantine Empire, Roman Empire, Middle Ages Pages: 2 (652 words) Published: August 25, 2013
Uzair Ahmed
8/17/13

“This book attempts to provide a short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years. The question motivating the book is: why did history unfold differently on different continents?” (Page: 8, lines: 1, 2, and 3) Well, due to the fact this book covers 13,000 years of history in a brief time it is hard to properly write a thesis that would cover everything he will talk about. For one thing he has to talk about history on different continents, why did some societies progress slower or faster than others, and why Eurasia was more advanced or modern than the rest of the world. All these things made it harder for him to write a solid concrete thesis for example I’ll start with why Eurasia was typically more advanced (by modern standards) than the rest of the world. So, to start it off, most people would probably say that Eurasia probably had more environmental advantages, such as more land, rivers, trees, and other materials that are so called “essential” to a better civilization. Another reason would be the amount of resources that they had available to them, such as iron, might not have been enough for them to fully understand it’s potential. Now let us talk about why some societies may have progressed slower or faster than other societies. Well one reason could have been religion. Religion can impact a society in many ways like technologically, politically (if they have a political system), but mainly medically. I say mainly medically because if you are a polytheist and a disease that is spreading come to your village or town your people would probably assume that your gods and/or goddesses are either angry or they have cursed your land, which would cause the people to not even think that there may be a cure. While on the other hand another religion like Christianity, Judaism, and Islam mentions nothing of god causing famine, diseases and other things just because he is angry. So they look for the reason of what is causing the famine, or...
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