The world until yesterday : what can we learn from traditional societies? / Jared Diamond

Author(s): Diamond, Jared M
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Subjects: Dani (New Guinean people)--History
Dani (New Guinean people)--Social life and customs
Dani (New Guinean people)--Cultural assimilation
Social evolution
Social change--Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea--Social life and customs
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: New York : Viking, c2012
LC Classification: D, DU
Physical Description: xi, 499 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm
Notes: LCCN: 2012018386
ISBN: 9780670024810
ISBN: 0670024813
ISBN: 9780670785896 (export ed.)
ISBN: 067078589X (export ed.)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 471-481) and index
Contents: Prologue : at the airport -- pt. 1. Setting the stage by dividing space. Friends, enemies, strangers, and traders -- pt. 2. Peace and war. Compensation for the death of a child ; A short chapter, about a tiny war ; A longer chapter, about many wars -- pt. 3. Young and old. Bringing up children ; The treatment of old people : cherish, abandon, or kill? -- pt. 4. Danger and response. Constructive paranoia ; Lions and other dangers -- pt. 5. Religion, language, and health. What electric eels tell us about the evolution of religion ; Speaking in many tongues ; Salt, sugar, far, and sloth -- Epilogue : at another airport
Summary: Diamond reveals how tribal societies offer an extraordinary window into how our ancestors lived for millions of years -- until virtually yesterday, in evolutionary terms -- and provide unique, often overlooked insights into human nature
OCLC Number: 793726658
ISBN/ISSN: 9780670024810
0670024813
9780670785896
067078589X