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

Authors: Diamond, Jared M.
Call number: 305.89912 DIA
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2012.
Publication date: c2012.
Subject: 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.
Title: The world until yesterday : what can we learn from traditional societies? / Jared Diamond.
Physical description: xi, 499 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm.
Contents note: 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 note: 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.
Biography note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 471-481) and index.
ISBN: 9780143124405
9780670024810
0670024813
9780670785896 (export ed.)
067078589X (export ed.)
LCCN: 2012018386
Url for this record: http://sherloc.indypl.org/?itemid=|library/marc/dynix|1411203
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