Through this argument we can see that new techniques were being invented and newlevels of hierarchy as well.
So, in a nutshell, with food as basis the farmerswere able to first build the materials, then establish some sort of ahierarchical system, which led to the invention of the alphabet and the rise ofmajor civilizations.
The first part, “from Eden to Cajamarca,” sketches developments on all the continents before 11000 BC.
Inthe second part, the author gives approximate dates on the early production offood and explains why certain peoples developed food production whereas othersdid not.
Jared Diamond sees food production, or the domestication of plants andanimals, as the central key to human history.
In a relatively short display(part two), the author outlines the origins of agriculture.
He also links success infood production to the inventions of writing and of technology.
These he relatesalso to government and religion, which he characterizes as “kleptocracy”.
He describes whenand where food production originated, how it spread from the Fertile Crescent toother parts of the world and why.
There is a deep explanation about the types ofcrops around the world, and a thorough description why the large seeded wildplants in Eurasia were easy to domesticate.