Mankind The Story of All of Us

Season 1
 (1,252)
2012X-RayTV-PG
Inside all of us, there is a story to be discovered, simmering age-old questions to be answered - who we are, how did we get here and what came before. From the black hole to the creation of our planet billions of years ago to the emergence of humans, Mankind The Story of All of Us dives through the surface of our universe reaching the core of our existence textbooks never dare reveal.
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Josh BrolinBrian Williams
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  1. 1. Inventors
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    November 13 2012
    44min
    TV-PG
    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.
  2. 2. Iron Men
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    November 12 2012
    44min
    13+
    A mysterious band of pirates plunders the Mediterranean coast--leaving destruction in its wake. Empires fall, but out of the chaos, we discover iron. Armed with this wonder metal, ordinary folk can overthrow tyrants and build a new world order.
  3. 3. Empires
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    November 20 2012
    44min
    TV-PG
    The crucifixion of Jesus gives birth to global religion, but Christianity may never have happened without the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire's vast network of roads and shipping lanes allows goods and ideas to flow across three continents.
  4. 4. Warriors
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    November 19 2012
    44min
    13+
    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.
  5. 5. Survivors
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    November 27 2012
    44min
    13+
    Gold from Africa kickstarts the rebirth of Europe. Money flows into Venice, creating new opportunities for entrepreneurs willing to take risks. In China, a new weapon, the gun, allows a peasant uprising to unify the country.
  6. 6. Plague
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    November 26 2012
    44min
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    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.
  7. 7. New World
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    December 4 2012
    44min
    TV-PG
    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.
  8. 8. Treasure
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    December 3 2012
    44min
    TV-PG
    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.
  9. 9. Revolutions
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    December 11 2012
    44min
    TV-PG
    Mankind embarks on a new age of exploration, and tames the wilderness. In North America, Siberia and Australia, ancient traditions are swept away in the name of commerce and science. Within a hundred years, the irrational fear that produced a witch trial in Salem gives way to a very rational cry for freedom.
  10. 10. Pioneers
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    December 10 2012
    44min
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    Within a hundred years, the irrational fear that produced a witch trial in Salem gives way to a very rational cry for freedom. American revolutionaries confront a mighty empire. The battle for the modern world begins.
  11. 11. New Frontiers
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    December 18 2012
    44min
    13+
    The end of the Civil War allows Mankind to go into overdrive. This is an age of innovation, transformation and mass production. People believe that "Anything, everything, is possible." Japan goes from feudal society to industrial superpower.
  12. 12. Speed
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    December 17 2012
    44min
    16+
    The end of the Civil War allows Mankind to go into overdrive. This is an age of innovation, transformation and mass production. People believe that "Anything, everything, is possible."

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Directors
Dan Clifton
Producers
Paul Cabana
Season year
2012
Network
A+E Networks
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4.6 out of 5 stars

1252 global ratings

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jacaReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
It has some problems
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Background music too loud. No subtitles. No mention of evolution or Neanderthals, or Denisovans. No mention of microchondrial eve who is the ancestor of all of us. Early history of humans is given very little attention. It relies on many scenes of drawn-out fighting. It is very favorable towards Christianity and a "Western" view of history probably because the producers wanted to focus on America. Very disappointed in this "story".
96 people found this helpful
Busy momReviewed in the United States on January 8, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
History askew?
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The beginning of this movie is very made up. When you do not have a clear start to history, you are left with a bunch of fables that do not make sense. I hate it when mans made up stories are passed off as real history. The first 45 minutes spend a lot of time talking about evolution and millions and billions of years ago. After that the story picks up and gets more interesting. I was disappointed that so much time was spent on "humans" that never existed but no time was spent on civilizations like the Sumerians and the Minoans and the Lydians. The parts about Christianity are very wrong. They said it was a made up religion created by the Israelite captives in Babylon. However, I find it very ironic that they spend so much time talking about Jesus Christ. No denying He is the center of history! The coverage of the crusades was very wrong and lopsided. Muslims are made out to be these very intelligent, kind individuals who were so wronged by the Christians. Again, very biased and changed history. No coverage on the brutal ways of the Muslims. I was pretty annoyed up to this point. After this, it got better and a little more accurate. I was a little disappointed that the movie ended with the 1960's and the racial segregation problems. No modern history after that. Overall, it gave my kids a pretty good overview of world history and gave us a lot to talk about with how historians twist the facts/leave facts out to create bias. Also, created lots of opportunity to discuss why evolution is so wrong and how it takes more faith to believe all those made up facts then it does to believe that God is the creator of all things. The first 45 minutes would have been a whole lot easier to understand and believe!
72 people found this helpful
ZEBReviewed in the United States on May 12, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Caucasians portrayed as all being greedy and hateful throughout the historical context-
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Liberal agenda. Typical victim view- so as not to step up to the plate- and as Booker T Washington stated - Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. I do not know anymore-We we always taught in college in Anthropology Classes- physical as well as cultural that man began in Indonesia not Africa.
39 people found this helpful
KatyReviewed in the United States on June 2, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Tool for WH Teachers
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I teach high school World and AP World history. This series is useful in small chunks. It's definitely made to be engaging to the teenage brain, and has fast paced segments and very good graphics. It seems historically accurate, but is definitely an overview and doesn't go into great depth, but that's okay. I use it as a tool to get kids engaged and give them some background info, so we can go more in depth in my lessons.

If you search online, you can very easily find worksheets made for this series and the series broken up into segments with time markers. SUPER useful to have on hand as an emergency sub plan, or as a preview/review of a unit.
45 people found this helpful
YolandaReviewed in the United States on December 28, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
I love History and this series knocks the Human race out ...
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I can't stop watching it and wish I could keep all of the series .... I love History and this series knocks the Human race out of the park .... explains using facts and stay clear of controversy and by the experts weighing in on the details it brings the whole documentary into a New Light that helps you appreciate who we were, while feeling sorry for our mistakes, greed, selfishness and malice, while still destroying the natural resources. If the Human race every so needed reasons to change our behaviors this is a series that checks all the reasons why we all need to take a closer look at what we've involved into. Awesome but sad and scary!
36 people found this helpful
chris flohrReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
This video series is great for classroom use
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This video series is great for classroom use. The stories are dramatic and well-narrated. For the most part, they are historically sound (though there are some errors). I like that they use professionals as sources as reinforcement during the episodes: generals, ex-soldiers, professors, historians, etc. Each vignette is not too long or drawn out, and the action is pretty decent. And, most importantly, the kids seem to like it.
19 people found this helpful
Lorraine AnthonyReviewed in the United States on May 31, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Very disappointing
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I've only watched the first disc but am very disappointed. It doesn't begin to compare to "America The Story of Us." The first 2 videos are chaotic and disjointed. "Empires" is 99% Christianity and the Roman Empire with a nod to China as a place the Romans went to get silk. No other empires or religious movements mentioned. "Warriors" seems confused about what it's supposed to be about. And it has little of the beautiful cinematography of "America." I will watch the rest. If it doesn't improve, I'll be asking for a refund.
10 people found this helpful
NC History TeacherReviewed in the United States on January 8, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
... episodes in my World History Classes and they are excellent. There is just enough action and information to ...
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I use several of these episodes in my World History Classes and they are excellent. There is just enough action and information to keep students engaged and administration happy. I have used these with struggling schools in high poverty areas and in AP classes with high-performing students --and the series manages to help all sets of students with the understanding and interest in history. I wish there were a couple of more dealing with current issues/events as the students really like them.
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