Guns, Germs, and Steel

Guns, Germs, and Steel

DVD - 2005
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An epic detective story that offers a gripping expose on why the world is so unequal. Professor Jared Diamond traveled the globe for over 30 years trying to answer this question. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book.
Publisher: [United States] : National Geographic ; [Burbank, Calif.] : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2005]
ISBN: 9780792292555
0792292553
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (165 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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patch666
Apr 25, 2017

Good documentary . I have many issues with his theory and conclusions. He is an apologists and suffers from a collective guilty conscience perceived by many intellectually light thinkers in academia. Apparently theindividual and the Will the can set in motion are not factors in how the world is today. As a liberal and married to a latina I still understandable that Cortez didn't concur the mighty Aztecs just because he had a few horses and muskets. He burned his ships and told his men you have 2 choices conquer or die !!! Diamond refuses to accept the Will of individuals within a culture to change the future. The Chinese invented gun powder but Europeans used it for carnage never seen before. This is not an theory of right and wrong but of effect and outcome. The tribes of Borneo have violence and warfare but never bothered to invent more deadly weapons because they were content in their technology. They don't have the curiosity to go beyond what already exists. They see the stars above them but never said how can we get there ?? 420. Watch the documentary " the ascent of man" for a more detailed and interesting contrast to this documentary it's theories and it's author

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SeaWolf97
Dec 12, 2016

This should have been called "Location, Guns, Germs, and Steel and Location too". Well done, but some of the conclusions seem a bit of a stretch.

Location , in his opinion, plays a more important part than the 3 factors in the title (did they get a bonus every time Coyote or Diamond repeated the title ??)

But at the end, his examples of Singapore & Malaysia buck his theory. And then ..someday Zambia will catch up/be rich ?

Worth a viewing, and some thought, but not without holes.

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haploU5
Aug 17, 2012

Brilliant! This documentary was made with the purpose of answering the age old question of human inequality; why do some of us have so much while other cultures around the planet have so little and how did this come to be? Jared Diamond, a scientist and author, made it his mission to find out and came up with an intriguing theory. Spending many years in New Guinea, he noticed that the population, though poor when compared to our materialistic standards, flourished in an environment we westerners struggled with. He saw ingenuity, talent and intelligence in other ancient cultures that promptly dismissed the suggestion of superior intelligence in the white race.
His reasoning told him to go back to the beginning of human civilisation and his insights directed him to look at geographical location. By analyzing the environment, crops, animals and other factors, his research clearly showed a favourable climate in Europe that enabled highly nutritious food to be grown and the best animals to be domesticated. The building of an immunity system against certain animal borne diseases lowered their death rate and with the basic struggle of providing enough food no longer a daily chore, the people were now free to educate themselves, develop skills and use their time creatively, propelling them toward a successful existence.
The series is split into 3 parts, with the first 2 being the most interesting; the third part, disappointingly, reviews much of the first two parts.

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anisoz
Jul 29, 2012

Always a good bet, Mr. Diamond delivers. Approachable anthropology.

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isumat
Jun 04, 2012

I have read the book and this is an excellent film version. The theories are very sound, and plausible. Parts I and II of this documentary are strong, Part III less so.

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gemini07
Mar 31, 2012

Very comprehensive. Interesting and educational.

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suby99
Jul 19, 2008

Excellent DVD. I've read the book and it is worth watching this DVD. For any student of history this should be on his/her must watch list.

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