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New review: The Great Divide, by Peter Watson

Watson describes his subject as the greatest natural experiment in history. Humans entered America after the Last Ice Age, about 15000 years ago, crossing by means of a land bridge across what is now the Bering Strait. When sea levels rose following the melting of the ice the New World immigrants were cut off, and civilisation in the two hemispheres subsequently developed very differently. In this book Watson describes how and why these differences occurred and what effects they had on the ways people thought and lived. To some extent this book covers the same ground as Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel, though Watson is more concerned than Diamond with the religious differences between America and Eurasia. [More]

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