Episode 2 – A Review of Guns, Germs, and Steel

In this episode Matt and I discuss Jared Diamond’s extremely popular book Guns, Germs, and Steel. We examine criticisms of Diamond’s research, and offer suggestions as to how it can be used in the classroom. Recommended books are:

Dave – Restall, Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest

Matt – Mann, 1491; Rushforth, Bonds of Alliance

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3 thoughts on “Episode 2 – A Review of Guns, Germs, and Steel

  1. Mike Burns says:

    Heartily concur with Restall and Mann as your recommended reads. For AP World teachers looking to build more stimulus based, and argumentation questions pairing an excerpt from Diamond, with an excerpt from Restall is an excellent way to go. Plus including both in your audit would show “diverse interpretations.”
    Mann’s 1491 has an excellent section on the development of teocinte into corn, exploring environmental transformations.

    • Mike, I would love to see what you use for Restall. I found him hard to excerpt, when I tried – this was a few years ago. Perhaps you could give a few page #s…

      Many thanks!

  2. Dave says:

    And just to build on this further, I’ve heard “diverse interpretations” is going to get even more important when they switch to the new format. Maybe Diamond’s take on Cajamarca vs Restall’s section on local allies fighting against the Incans?

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