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Reading List

If you're intrigued by the ideas and arguments raised by Jared Diamond's National Geographic series, Guns, Germs and Steel, your first port of call should be Professor Diamond's Pulitzer Priz- winning book of the same name.

In that volume, you'll find a comprehensive further reading list, detailing Professor Diamond's own research including the books and journals which inspired and informed Diamond.

Other notable resources are listed below.

By Jared Diamond
Guns, Germs and Steel
The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Other Notable Books

1421: The Year China Discovered America, Gavin Menzies

African History in Documents: Central and Southern African History, ed. Robert O. Collins

Africans: The History of a Continent, John Iliffe

After the Ice, Steven Mithen

American Holocaust, David Stannard

Bid the Sickness Cease, Oliver Ransford

Born to Die, Noble David Cook

Cape to Cairo, Mark Strage

Conquerors: The Roots of New World Horsemanship, Deb Bennett

Conquistadors, Michael Wood

Imperial Spain, J.H. Elliott

King Leopold's Ghost, Adam Hochschild

Scourge: The Once and Future Threat of Smallpox; Jonathan Tucker

The Archeology of Animals, Simon Davis

The Civilizations of Africa, Christopher Ehret

The Conquest of the Incas, John Hemming

The Domestication of Plants in the Old World, Daniel Zohary and Maria Hopf

The Emergence of Agriculture, Bruce Smith

The Incas, Terence N. D'Altroy

The Lever of Riches, Joel Mokyr

The Scramble for Africa, Thomas Pakenham

The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, David Landes

Throwim Way Leg: Tree-Kangaroos, Possums and Penis Gourds, Tim Flannery

Village on the Euphrates, Legge, Hillman and Moore


Encyclopedia Britannica Online
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Dhra' Archeological Project
The archaeological site of Dhra', Jordan is a Pre-Pottery Neolithic A period community in the Near East. This site contains information about the excavations and applications for those interested in visiting.

Centers for Disease Control
Part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is the principal agency in the United States government for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services. It is globally recognized for conducting research and investigations.

Abu Hureyra Online Resources
Data recovered from the archaeological excavation of the early village of Abu Hureyra, the village founded by the first known farmers in the world.

South Africa History Online
A not for profit site that aims to depict South African History in a non-partisan color-blind manner. Includes resources such as links to government web sites, news articles and journals.

Web site detailing the history of this area including its addition to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

World Health Organization/ UNICEF – Malaria in Africa Report
Joint report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF on the spread of malaria in Africa and the measures being taken to combat this epidemic. Download the PDF here or get country profiles.

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