There is an old adage that says that the three most important factors in the real estate market are “location, location, location.” In episode one of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond makes the case for location as the decisive factor in shaping the destiny of civilizations. Some have criticized Diamond’s analysis for being overly deterministic–essentially for arguing that the triumph of certain civilizations was inevitable due to geography. Do you believe that history is basically determined by factors, like geography, that are beyond the control of individuals? Or rather do you believe that individual decisions and individual actions have a greater effect on the course of history and the rise and fall of civilizations?
For this assignment you have two tasks:
1. In at least 150 words, post your own opinion. Please use examples from Guns, Germs, and Steel or the books or lectures from this class to support your opinion.
2. As other students post on the discussion board, please respond to at least one other student’s posting by commenting with your own reply of at least 75 words. You may agree or disagree in your reply but in either case you should cite examples from history to support your opinion. Also, if you do disagree please be courteous in your disagreement. ( The attachment is who I want to respond to)
***In addition to submitting your posts on the discussion board, you are required to save all copies of your discussion posts in a word processor file on your computer. This will protect you from lost work due to BlackBoard glitches or internet problems.