Ladies and Gents,
In preparation for your presentations, I want you to see how perspectives shape our understanding of history. Scientist Jared Diamond combines several elements of existing theories to create his own, which he explains in Guns, Germs, and Steel.
Basically, Jared argues that geography (think Turner Thesis) provided Europeans with the preconditions necessary to develop guns, germs, and steel. According to Diamond, these advantages (yes, even germs..think Great Forces) made European conquest possible.