In 1997, Jared Diamond wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning book called “Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies.” The book explained in easily understandable yet well-argued prose why the world turned out to be what it is today – a Europe-centric, or rather a Eurasian-centric world – and why it did not come to revolve around other civilizations in, say, the Pacific islands.

The author is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan. This opinion first appeared as a blog post on 

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