Mankind the Story of All of Us (2012)

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Follow-up to 'America the Story of Us'. Mankind embraces a groundbreaking way of telling this epic human story. Drawing on a growing global interest in a revelatory field of history, now ... See full summary »

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Follow-up to 'America the Story of Us'. Mankind embraces a groundbreaking way of telling this epic human story. Drawing on a growing global interest in a revelatory field of history, now adopted by universities across the globe. 'Big history' focuses on the forces of nature to show how mankind's path is guided by events that stretch back, not hundreds, but thousands, even millions of years. How the power of science, from geology and astronomy, to physics and biology, combined to shape our shared human journey. Revealing astounding global connections, and an astonishing interconnected story. This is history without limits. Free from boundaries and politics. Our story, like it's never been told before. Written by History Channel

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Himself - Narrator: [opening narration for each episode] Amidst the chaos of an unforgiving planet most species will fail. But for one, all the pieces will fall into place, and a set of keys will unlock a path for mankind to triumph. This is our story, the story of all of us.
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Part 2- Persian bashing again
11 February 2013 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

History Channel should be more appropriately called Western Propaganda Channel. It's proving that once again. In a new epic serial, admittedly epic, but plainly one sided, Mankind the story of all of us, the story portrays "us" as Westerners, or the Chinese! ( I referring to Part 2 of the serial.) The latter are shown in good light, probably because the Chinese might now be funding them, or more probably because Rupert Murdoch has a Chinese wife.

I am not accusing History Channel of telling a pack of lies. No, not at all, but a lot of half truths, shamelessly presented as the only truth, become lies of a sort.

Let me show by some sample, how these half truths are always there on History (sorry, WP channel.)

Whilst Sparta, the great champion of Greek might, breeds the best warriors, H Channel conveniently omits mention of what would be now considered the worst atrocities on human beings- their willful murder of babies that are examined after birth, or very early age, and if found unfit for future soldiering, are thrown over a cliff to their death!

A young recruit, fit for soldiering, is placed under a senior wizened soldier, very true indeed; but a bond is so fostered between the two, it includes pedophile homosexual relationship for better bonding.

And, if all Spartans who survive being thrown over the cliffs of Saparta, and go on to become great soldiers, very true indeed, who does the rest of the work? For several hundred years, neighboring "feeble" Greek tribes, the Messenians, known to us now as 'Healots' were defeated, their lands seized, and reduced to slavery, spending their tortured life growing food for the Spartans.

Again, it is entirely true, the Persians did suffer defeat at the hands of the Athenians and Spartans, but that again is not the full truth. Claims that western freedom was saved from tyranny, is so ludicrous, any child can browse the internet now and find out more:

But before the tyranny part, a little bit more of full historical facts: After Persians found the then archaic system of transport and logistics would not allow for further expansion of the Empire, Persian gold played a great part in keeping the Greek city states warring against one another, until Alexander's father, Phillip, united the Greeks some 150 years later!

Admittedly, it took, someone with Alexander the Great's military and ambitious vision to conquer the Persian Empire, but very surprisingly, his astonished Macedonian generals, saw their king adopt Persian royal dress and Persian attic ates at his new capital of Asia, Babylon!

Now, back to the tyranny part: The Persian Empire, founded by Cyrus the Great in 500 BC, did not rule with tyranny. For one example, The Bible acknowledges Cyrus as anointed of the Lord , because he freed the Jews from Babylonian captivity (and other peoples-the Bible won't mention this, as it's world view begins and ends with its own agenda-imagine them, acknowledging Cyrus as Anointed of the Lord, thank you indeed!) and Cyrus then financed rebuilding of the Temple at Jerusalem!

Similarly, rulers of other conquered states which came under Persian rule, were spared, offered to continue as sub-kings or satraps, given a great degree of autonomy, the only return were by taxation and providing troops for the armies of Persia. All building projects of the kings, including the grand edifice at Persepolis and Susa, laborers were paid for by money, or in kind.

The Bible goes on to admiringly acknowledge the rule of the Persians as "the law of the Persians that changeth not." 8.htm

When I viewed Part 1 of the series, I sincerely felt History Channel is changing its policies, and will present a more balanced view of history..............calling the serial a history of all of us, and then the same old wine- the freedom of western civilization ....." so all of us are westerners................the rest do not matter.

When the serial began the "Bible " part, no mention again of how the Persian Magi influenced Jewish savants, in Babylon, with the Zoroastrian concepts of monotheism, angels and Satan, heaven and hell and resurrection...............never in a thousand years will those westerners who want to continue with their blind myths will continue with their half truths.

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