Guns, Germs and Steel effect in language protection?

In his book “Guns, Germs and Steel,” Jared Diamond argues that the way history unfolded was greatly determined by geography. Among his theses, landmasses with a wide horizontal span have an easier time at trading because climates are more similar than in landmasses with a vertical span.

Prompted by that, David Laitin and other researchers at Stanford University have come to the conclusion that countries longer than wide are better at preserving languages.

Read more about the study in “How geography shapes cultural diversity.”

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