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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; 1 edition (Dec 31 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780670024810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670024810
  • ASIN: 0670024813
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.7 x 4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Thibeault TOP 100 REVIEWER on Jan. 7 2013
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The main argument: The onset of agriculture and farming some 11,000 years ago (termed the Neolithic Revolution), is arguably the most significant turning point in the history of our species. Agriculture induced a major population explosion, which then led to urbanization; labor specialization; social stratification; and formalized governance—thus ultimately bringing us to civilization as we know it today. Prior to the Neolithic Revolution—and extending back time out of mind—human beings lived in a far different way. Specifically, our ancestors lived in small, largely egalitarian tribes of no more than 50 to 100 individuals, and hunted and foraged for their food.

The transition from our traditional hunting and gathering lifestyle, to early farming (and herding), to civilization as we know it now (which, on an evolutionary time-scale, occurred but yesterday) has certainly brought with it some very impressive benefits. Indeed, many of us today enjoy comforts and opportunities the likes of which our more traditional ancestors would never have dreamed of. However, it cannot be said that the transition from traditional to modern has left us without any difficulties. Indeed, some would go so far as to say that the problems that civilization has introduced outweigh the benefits that it has brought; and even the most unromantic among us are likely to agree that our experiment in civilization has not been an unmitigated success.

This then brings us to the problem of solving the difficulties that civilization has left us with.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Heming on June 17 2013
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This reviewer found the book a laborious and stenuous 494-page read. The pulitzer prize-winning author Jared Diamond---a professor of geograpgy at UCLA---has written four previous books, and two read by this reviewer: "Guns,Germs, and Steel" ; and "Collapse". Both were much easier to read than "The World Until Yesterday".
The focus of the work is---as the books sub-title connotes---how the West can learn from traditional societies and our tribal neighbours. Diamond carefully and craftily contrasts Western culture with the modern lives of New Guineans with their ancestors. Diamond invites readers to learn from ancient traditional tribal societies and their approaches to food consumption, child rearing, the treatment of seniors, managing conflicts, and poverty and health care. In a menacing way, Diamond rails against the West, and more specifically the United States, for its self-destructive dietary behaviours. He further takes the romantic management approach to tribalism and suggests Westerners do all they can to enhance the lives of children by what Diamond calls "allo-perenting".
Diamond's prescription for resolving and managing differences and relationships is to expand and enhance government restorative justice programs and policies. Diamond argues that the West must find more innovative and creative ways of "managing" seniors, devise new living conditions for seniors, and support better lives and social relationships in general. Diamond also "highlights" useful lessons that the West can learn from more traditional societies so that life can be extended, made healthier, and focus on the iradication of poverty.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Volk #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Jan. 19 2013
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Diamond's newest book proposes that we examine how humans lived in our evolutionary past to better understand how and why we live today and whether that fits with our evolved predispositions. That's not a new proposition. Evolutionary psychology has been gathering steam for a couple of decades now, with plenty of great books out there about how evolution has shaped our behaviors. Diamond's book is different in that it proposes to focus largely on cultural institutions or beliefs such as justice, trade, parenting, and religion.

The good parts of the book that I fully agree is that Diamond argues we are products of our evolutionary past and understanding that is vital to optimizing our current cultural and personal development. He offers many fascinating examples of how our current and past cultures are both similar and different. Much of his argument revolves around the simple fact that we lived in much tighter and less inter-bound groups than we do now. This means that strangers are a relatively new phenomenon, as are some aspects of our good behavior (e.g., we rarely fight with strangers). But we also have some aspects to learn from past cultures, such as having a village raise a child rather than isolated parents, or include mediation and victim compensation as larger part of our criminal and civil justice systems. Diamond's reviews of religion are more mixed, but they do point out its near-universality and common role of uniting many communities. Overall, Diamond believes it is crucial for us not to emulate all aspects of traditional societies, but to at least know of them, and understand how they can or can't apply to our modern societies. Diamond encourages us to not forget these fading lessons as traditional societies continue to fade away (including their languages).
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