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National Geographic Documentary Series: ‘Guns, Germs And Steel’

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July 25, 2010: Jared Diamond / National Geographic Society – Posted on Google Video 2007

Part 1: Jared Diamond’s journey of discovery began on the island of Papua New Guinea. There, in 1974, a local named Yali asked Diamond a deceptively simple question: “Why is it that you white people developed so much cargo, but we black people had little cargo of our own?”

Part 2: On November 15th 1532, 168 Spanish conquistadors arrive in the holy city of Cajamarca, at the heart of the Inca Empire, in Peru. They are exhausted, outnumbered and terrified – ahead of them are camped 80,000 Inca troops and the entourage of the Emperor himself. Yet, within just 24 hours, more than 7,000 Inca warriors lie slaughtered; the Emperor languishes in chains; and the victorious Europeans begin a reign of colonial terror which will sweep through the entire American continent.

Part 3: So far, Jared Diamond has demonstrated how geography favoured one group of people – Europeans – endowing them with agents of conquest ahead of their rivals around the world. Guns, germs and steel allowed Europeans to colonize vast tracts of the globe – but what happened when this all-conquering package arrived in Africa, the birthplace of humanity?

Guns, Germs, And Steel: Part 1

Guns, Germs, And Steel: Part 2

Guns, Germs, And Steel: Part 3

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: A little history to think about during this mid-summer weekend… – SJH

Link to original videos below…

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4008293090480628280#

Written by Steven John Hibbs

July 25, 2010 at 12:05 am

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