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Is Guns, Germs, and Steel an example of environmental determinism? |

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Yes.  Guns, Germs, and Steel is an example of environmental determinism.  However, it embraces one type of determinism by rejecting another.

One type of environmental determinism held that people from harsher environments ended up being more successful because they had to work hard to survive.  People from the tropics had life easy and became culturally lazy.  Diamond emphatically rejects this.

However, he still says that environment determines outcomes.  We can see this, for example, in Chapter 2 where he argues that Polynesian societies evolved into different types based on the environments in which they arose.

Diamond's whole argument is that environmental factors determine which societies succeed and which do not.  This is a form of environmental determinism.

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