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Mankind: The Story of All of Us is a 12-hour documentary covering the development of mankind as humans struggle to survive and manage their world. It starts with the earliest known people. In these early centuries, humans spent all of their time and energy just surviving. Man, the series reminds us, is not particularly strong or protected from the harsher elements of the planet. People have survived and evolved on Earth because of their creativity and desire to understand their world.

The series shows how the search for food led to farming. The development of farms led to man's desire to protect his territory and warfare. Man's general inclination to live in groups and the compartmentalization of tasks led to the development of communities. As man learned to market their best skills to the community, empires rose.

The documentary outlines the empires that have come and gone during man's history and the contributions they left. Ancient Egypt left us with the history of the first peace treaty and the breakthroughs in engineering with the creations of the pyramids. The Roman Empire created a plumbing system that was state-of-the-art for its time. It also gave us the first apartment buildings. It is best remembered for Christianity; the religious movement it tried to end. The series has also addressed the ways mankind has redefined his world when the empires have collapsed.

The documentary explores the ways cultures developed in their own directions while they were able to remain isolated from the other peoples who occupied their planet. The series then covers the centuries as mankind's desire to explore the areas beyond his society's world has led people learning about humans living in cultures very different from their own. These discoveries allowed people to learn from each other. This increased contact has not always been a positive experience. The series covers the enormous loss caused by the Black Plague of the 14th century. Josh Brolin is the narrator for the American audience and Stephen Fry narrated the series for the UK.

Tuesday 9:00 PM et/pt on History
1 Season, 15 Episodes
November 13, 2012
Documentary & Biography, Mini-Series
7.7/10
Cast: Josh Brolin, Richard Machowicz, James Meigs, George Wunderlich
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Season 1 12 full episodes
  • Episode 12 - New Frontiers

    Mankind takes on godlike powers: to feed billions of people, reshape the landscape, re-engineer the human body. The greatest power of all was unleashed over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.

  • Episode 11 - Speed

    The end of the Civil War marks an age of innovation, transformation and mass production. People believe that `Anything, everything, is possible.

  • Episode 10 - Revolutions

    A closer look at the effects of the Civil War and industrial revolution on the American landscape.

  • Episode 9 - Pioneers

    In the Andes, the Spanish open up the largest silver mine in the world and mint millions of pesos de ocho (pieces of eight). These coins completely change the face of global economy and fill the treasure chests of pirates.

  • Episode 8 - New World

    The Aztecs have built a mighty empire that dominates Central America. But it will be destroyed because of a domino effect. 7,000 miles away in modern-day Turkey, the great trading center of Constantinople is overrun by an Islamic army. Europeans race to find a new route to the spice-rich East. Instead, Christopher Columbus lands in America and discovers gold. Within 30 years the Aztecs will be conquered.

  • Episode 7 - Treasure

    In the Andes, the Spanish open up the largest silver mine in the world and mint millions of pesos de ocho (pieces of eight). These coins transform the global economy. They fill the treasure chests of pirates. They fuel a stock market boom and help pay for the Taj Mahal. As trade booms, millions of people come to the New World as slaves. But a handful of Pilgrims come as pioneers looking for freedom.

  • Episode 6 - Survivors

    Gold from Africa influences the rebirth of Europe. Money is abundant in Venice, creating new opportunities for entrepreneurs willing to take risks. In China, the gun is introduced, allowing a peasant uprising to unify the country.

  • Episode 5 - The Story of All of Us: Survivors

    Genghis Khan--the bloodiest warlord in history--sweeps south from Mongolia into China and creates a mighty empire. He leaves 40 million dead bodies in his wake. But a greater killer stalks mankind--the Plague.

  • Episode 5 - Plague

    Genghis Khan, a fearsome warlord, sweeps south from Mongolia into China and creates a vast empire, leaving 40 million dead bodies in his wake. But a greater killer is about to strike Mankind - the Plague.

  • Episode 4 - Warriors

    When Rome is sacked by barbarians, Europe enters a Dark Age. But from the fringes of the old empire, two new forces remake the world. The Arabs, funded by a gold rush, unite under the banner of Islam. The Vikings rejuvenate the cities of Europe, travel to America and become Christian knights. The stage is set for a clash of civilizations - the Crusades.

  • Episode 3 - The Story of All of Us: Empires

    The crucifixion of Jesus gives birth to global religion, but Christianity may never have happened without the Roman Empire.

  • Episode 3 - Empires

    A closer look at the Roman Empire's role in the spread of Christianity.

  • Episode 2 - Iron Men

    Iron is discovered followed mass chaos and destruction. Armed with this wonder metal, ordinary folk can overthrow tyrants and build a new world order

  • Episode 1 - The Story of All of Us: Inventors

    On a unique planet, a unique species takes its first steps: Mankind begins. But it's a world full of danger. Threatened by extinction, we innovate to survive--discovering fire and farming; building cities and pyramids.

  • Episode 1 - Inventors

    In the series opener mankind evolves on a unique planet, with an innate and innovative way to survive. Soon humans become the dominant creature on the planet. Now the future belongs to us.

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Mankind The Story of All of Us: Domesticating the Dog | History Clip (02:28) Mankind The Story of All of Us: The Earliest Humans | History Clip (02:57) Mankind: The Story of All of Us: Birth of Farming | History Clip (03:18) Mankind: The Story of All of Us: Bronze | History Clip (02:26) Mankind The Story of All of Us: Fire | History Clip (02:58) Mankind The Story of All of Us: It Is You | History Clip (00:41) Mankind The Story of All of Us : Image Spot | History Clip (00:41)

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