CLIO’S MUSE – A History Reading Club

Saturday, April 27
12:45pm in the Activity Room
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The reading selection for April is Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond.
Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion – as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war – and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures.
Saturday, June 15
12:45pm in the Activity Room
The reading selection for June is The Silk Roads: a New History of the World by Peter Frankopan. The author realigns our understanding of the world, pointing us eastward.
He vividly re-creates the emergence of the first cities in Mesopotamia and the birth of empires in Persia, Rome and Constantinople, as well as the depredations by the Mongols, the transmission of the Black Death and the violent struggles over Western imperialism. Throughout the millennia, it was the appetite for foreign goods that brought East and West together, driving economies and the growth of nations.
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