REVISITING THE GUNS PART IN " GUNS, GERMS AND STEEL"
The Jared Diamond
book Guns, Germs and Steel
offered a geographic-latitudinal thesis to explain " the success of the West over the Rest". Historian Philip Hoffman
considers a different, evolutionary, explanation - the military sector of preindustrial Europe was the most dynamic, productive and expanding part of the Western economy
(Hat tip to Ralph Luker
for alerting me to the online papers
of The Historical Society