Could geography really be the most logical explanation for the success rate of any given population? Jared Diamond makes his anthropological contention in his 1997 publication Guns, Germs, and Steel. A short explores his main points and uses a fictional example to clarify a complicated theory.
- Use the video to deepen a unit on colonialism and international relations
- Assign the book for summer or independent reading, along with Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu
- Diamond's book is controversial; consider providing a counterargument for a thorough discussion
- You can find the full analysis of the text at the publisher's website
- Comment section is open to the public
- This video is hosted on YouTube
- Poses Diamond's theories in such an understandable way that interest learners may want to read the book on their own