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Guns, Germs, and Steel: Understanding Global Inequality

“Why do some nations have so much material wealth while so many others have so little?” This question framed the thesis for Jared Diamond’s book Guns, Germs, and Steel.  After discussing a time in global history when all societies were roughly equal (over 13,000 years ago), Diamond discusses key variables that led to highly complex, material-rich societies, while others developed at much slower rates.


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CSC – Week Eight


Greetings folks! Mr. Des Marais here. This will be my first full week with you all and I am excited to get to know you and begin working on some of the substantial issues that our course tackles.

This week we will be wrapping up our introduction on global inequality and beginning our reading of Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. The book leans heavily towards the abstract and covers wide brush strokes of what it is to be human in a community. As a result, we will be tackling this task as a group. We will utilize the skills of our group as well as our discussion skills, critical thinking skills and note-making skills in order to fully tackle the underlying themes and big picture questions that the book presents.

 The Game Plan

  • ZOOM- An activity on Perpsective
  • Wrap up Guns, Germs and Steel with a discussion on Global Inequality
  • Global Inequality Assessment (See EDU2.0)



As promised, Mr. Henchen’s powerpoint summary of Jared Diamond’s thesis in Guns, Germs and Steel.

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