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