Guns, Germs, and Steel

Guns, Germs, and Steel

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Cast: Jared Diamond

     
 

What caused some early civilizations to thrive and others to collapse? Which factors contribute positively to the survival of a people and what brings them to extinction? Author Jared Diamond examined this phenomenon in his best-selling book Guns, Germs, and Steel, and this documentary (produced for television by the National Geographic) brings his theories toSee more details below

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What caused some early civilizations to thrive and others to collapse? Which factors contribute positively to the survival of a people and what brings them to extinction? Author Jared Diamond examined this phenomenon in his best-selling book Guns, Germs, and Steel, and this documentary (produced for television by the National Geographic) brings his theories to the screen. The material on National Geographic: Guns, Germs, and Steel has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The narration is in English, with no multiple language options.

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Originally published in 1997, Jared Diamond's Pulitzer Prize-winning book Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies represents a landmark of scholarly synthesis. Reviewing societal clashes such as the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs, Diamond employs modern understanding of technology and biology as well as geography and economics to analyze cultural hegemony in its most brutally Darwinian form. "Guns, germs, and steel," Diamond argues, are the keys to understanding the course of human civilization. Produced in wide-screen format and originally aired over PBS in the summer of 2005, Guns, Germs, and Steel is a thorough and thrilling exploration of the author's themes. Shot across five continents, the three-part film employs dramatic re-creations as well as insights from prominent anthropologists, archaeologists, biologists, historians, and other scholars. In Episode 1, "Out of Eden," Diamond posits the theory that access to domesticated animals and plant cultivation played bigger roles in societal development than race, creed, time, and experience. "Conquest," the second installment, focuses on the Europe's hostile takeover of the Americas and the impact of weapons and disease in shaping the plunder. The series closes in Africa with "Into the Tropics," tracing the continent's colonization by Europeans and South Africans, and explaining why geography remains to this day a determining factor in resource distribution. Interactive maps, timelines, and a photo gallery round out this National Geographic Society DVD presentation.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/2005
UPC:
0727994930082
Rating:
NR
Source:
Nat'l Geographic Vid
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:45:00
Sales rank:
8,476

Special Features

Closed Caption; Interactive maps; Timelines; Photo gallery

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Jared Diamond Primary Artist

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Introduction [2:41]
2. Jared Diamond's Quest [5:31]
3. The Roots of Inequality [5:46]
4. Hunting and Gathering [3:55]
5. The Stone Age Middle East [6:17]
6. The Impact of Productive Farming [6:01]
7. Animal Domestication [7:10]
8. Types of Farmed Animals [2:22]
9. The Fertile Crescent [1:55]
10. The Advent of Specialists [3:06]
11. Migrating From the Crescent [4:52]
12. Jared Diamond's Conclusion [4:49]
1. Introduction [2:39]
2. The Spanish Empire [6:11]
3. Incan Limitations [2:58]
4. Military Superiority [6:39]
5. The Advantage of Steel [4:05]
6. Contact Is Made [5:08]
7. The History of Print [6:13]
8. A Fatal Incan Error [7:08]
9. Weapons of Mass Destruction [4:07]
10. Built up Immunity [2:32]
11. Animals and Disease [2:01]
12. Jared Diamond's Conclusion [4:42]
Side #2 -- Disc 2
1. Introduction [2:28]
2. Into Africa [5:28]
3. Agents of Conquest [4:41]
4. An Alien Land [6:08]
5. The Industrial Revolution [3:22]
6. A Test of Geography [7:10]
7. Overturning the Past [3:24]
8. Unique Tropical Defenses [5:54]
9. A Whole New Age [6:20]
10. A Malaria Epidemic [3:00]
11. Jared Diamond's Conclusion [5:39]
12. Credits [1:12]

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