Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

Use your notes from Unit 8, Input 4, The Fates of Human Societies and write a paragraph answering the following question:

Explain how seeds, resistance to germs and size enabled Eurasians to dominate other cultures.

First go back over your notes and highlight the parts that could be used to answer the question. Reread these parts and then without looking at your notes, write your answer. It should not be more than 100 words long.

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  1. gizemgokceron 28 Dec 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Seeds were important factor in Eurasians growth. The people who lived in the Middle East had the largest seeds. Thus, the plants they had were the easiest to tame and grew the fastest. A second factor is resistance to germs. Living in close proximity to animals provided great health and immunity advantages. Eurasians spend their times with animals so they developed resistance to the epidemic diseases which could easily affect many populations. Finally, Eurasia contained many different groups of people. Because of having different groups they could invent new technologies which could help them about guns, textiles and metalworking.

    Word count: 99

    Good work Gizem you focused on the right information. Seeds and germs are well explained. One grammar point about the germs section is “diseases which could affect”. It would be better to use “would” here because the disease definitely affected the populations that the Eurasians conquered. For size, I think you need to mention “size” in the explanation. As “help them about guns, textiles and metal working” is too vague. The text says that the size helped these technologies to spread from one group to another. It would be better to say this. Also you need to make a link back to the question. How did seeds, germs and size help the Eurasians to dominate others?

  2. berivanbrknon 28 Dec 2010 at 7:23 pm

    The People who lived in Middle East were the luckiest,because in that area,the plants could be tamed easily and grew the fastest.They had got the largest seeds.The Middle East’s agriculture was based on wheat and its kinds.So they developed their societies.Eurasians lived in close proximity to lots of animal speices.Thus,people could make strong their immune system and healthy.They had/gained/developed resistance to epidemic diseases.In Eurasia,there were many different groups of people.They invented new technologies which could be spread by the long east-west axis of Eurasia
    word count:82
    You included good content Berivan. However, you need to use some signal words to indicate when you are passing from one point to another. Also you need to explain how the information that you mention helped the Eurasians to dominate other cultures.

  3. selenyon 28 Dec 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Seeds were very significant for Eurasia because it helped to Eurasians to improve themselves.The people,who lived in Middle East,were so lucky because of the area. The Plants which they domesticated were tamed easily and had the largest seeds.Also Middle Eastern agriculture was based on wheat and it cousins,it helped them to developed their societies.Besides,there were lots of animal species.They were successful about domesticating the animals and that made agriculture more productive.Living in proximity to animals gave them health and good immunity.They were protected from epidemic diseases.Thus,size of the Eurasia there were many groups of people, it meant that they invented technologies and easy to spread these technologies.(Word Count:100)

    Good content Selen. I liked the way you started but it would have been better if instead of just saying “improve themselves” you also added something like “and helped them to conquer other less developed cultures” and also you would have had to add “Seeds, resistance to germs and the size were very significant ..”. This would have given a definite answer to the second part of the question.

  4. cemtoreton 28 Dec 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Seeds were hugely important factor in Eurasian expansion. Since the End of the last Ice Age agriculture has been invented six time around the globe. The Middle East were the luckiest because the plants they agricultured? were the easiest to tama, grew the fastest, and had the largest seeds. About the resistance to germs they lived close to lots of animal spieces and thus make them more strong with giving immunity. This immunity protected they from epidemic diseases. Also because the size of Eurasia meant there were many person to invent new technologies

    Quite good content Cem. If I were you I would not include the info about how many times agriculture has been invented. Also you did not answer the second part of the question asking how the factors that you talk about help Eurasians to dominate other cultures.

  5. elifmutluon 28 Dec 2010 at 10:32 pm

    What creates difference in power between two societies? Technological advancement. But what is needed for technological advencement is vast resources and a basic form of resource is agricultere.In agriculture seed quality is the most important factor, which is also the reson for Eurasian expension . Also due to the involvement with seeds , earth and animals Eurasians developed high resistance to germs.Even with huge lands avalible for agricultere because of the ecological differences Earasians were least developed when it concerned animal variety or usage of the technology such as? Middle East in animals and Europe in technolgy.
    Word Count:96

    Elif you started really well. The only thing is it is not always considered academic in style to use question forms. So you could have changed the first two sentences around to say “Technological advancement can create a difference in power between two societies.” Please don’t forget to use details from the texts such as how explain how the Eurasian seeds were better quality. Unfortunately the last sentence seems to say the opposite to what it says in the text.

  6. bortecinebon 28 Dec 2010 at 11:35 pm

    In Eurasia seeds were urgent??. They had got the largest seeds and in the area, and they were the easiest to tame and grew the fastest. Actually, in Middle Eastern agriculture was based on wheat and their societies were developed by the help of it. In addition, there were lots of animals so agriculture was more productive. They were healthy and had a good immune system because of living with animals. There were many different groups of people. Due to this, new technologies were invented to help people about guns, germs and steels.
    word count:92
    Your content was quite good B├Ârtecine. However, you need to use some signal words to indicate when you are passing from one point to another. Also you need to explain how the information that you mention helped the Eurasians to dominate other cultures.

  7. oguzhanuon 28 Dec 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Middle Eastern people were the luckiest people because the areas that they own was very efficiently for them. The plants grew too fast therefore their areas got spread and they got the largest seeds. In the Middle Eastern the agriculture was based on wheat and its cousins. Eurasians lived closely to lots of animal species so they got resistant to any diseases such as epidemic and also their immune system was stronger than the other groups. In Eurasia there were many groups of people it meant that they invented technologies to spread them over to the large areas such has the Middle East.

  8. ytekinalpon 28 Dec 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Seeds played an important role in Eurasian expansion. The people who lived in the Middle East were lucky because it was easy to tame the plants. Also the plants grew faster and they have largest seeds. In addition, Eurasians were living in close to the animals so this gave them health and immunity. They experienced and developed resistance to the germs. They used this advantage to devastate the populations of the new continents and thus they dominated the other cultures easily.

    Quite good content and very good use of language. However, what happened to information about size. Also you explained how resistance to germs helped Eurasians conquer others but what about seeds or size?

  9. mertbocnakon 29 Dec 2010 at 3:00 am

    Seeds were played a key role in eurasion expansion. The luckiest people were in the middle east because the plants the grew were easy to tame. At the same time plants grew faster and its really important for them. Moreover eurasians lived close to animals. Thats why their immunity system were good and get resistant to lots of diseases. Because of that they get lost of experiance and develope about their biology and medicane.

    Some good content Mert but you didn’t talk about size. Also you didn’t answer the second part of the question. How did the facts that you mention help the Eurasians to conquer other cultures?

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