Join National Geographic in examining two provocative theories by historian Jared Diamond in this DVD gift set featuring Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse.
Guns, Germs, and Steel As seen on PBS and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Jared Diamond, who traveled the globe for more than 30 years trying to answer one of the big questions in world history: Why is the world so unequal? The answers he foundthat the societies that developed food production techniques first were also the first to develop writing, technology, and governmentwere simple, yet extraordinary. Our DVD weaves together anthropology and science with epic historical reenactments that bring his fascinating theories to life.
Collapse Over the 20th and 21st centuries, the rise of our civilization has seemed unstoppable. But could our modern, industrialized civilization fall apart like great ancient ones before us? Two hundred years from now, will scientists find evidence that we followed a recipe for disaster similar to that of the Maya or the Romans? To understand a collapse, imagine it has already happened. National Geographic reveals a vivid look into the future to our descendants in the year 2210 as they set out on a scientific expedition to figure out what brought us down. A water crisis? Lack of energy sources? Dust storm or global warming?
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