Multimedia Resources for Ethnobotany Curriculum
Guns, Germs and Steel
Many people have pondered the questions, "Why are there so many different cultures around the world?" and "Why are we not all the same?" The incredible variations in human cultures and languages are the results of differing historical experiences with the environment and natural resources. Plants and animals that have been domesticated have been particularly important in the evolution of cultural complexity. This episode reviews the major patterns of human migration diversity and the plants and animals that have contributed to the rise of various civilizations.
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|Diamond, Jared. 1997. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. Norton, New York.|
Bushnell, O. A. 1993. The Gifts of Civilization: germs and genocide in Hawai'i. University of Hawaii Press.