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Story of China

Story of China

This series, written and presented by historian Michael Wood, explores the history of the world's oldest continuous state, from the ancient past to the present day.

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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/3001732796/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Michael Wood visits Hong Kong's Peninsula Hotel, jewel of the Jazz age, and follows Mao on the Long March to Yan'an, the base of the communist revolution. He meets a survivor of the Japanese massacre of Nanjing, describes the communist victory, and ends with Mao's death and the boom... /episodes/get/55549 /episode/55549 The Age of Revolution /episode-player/55549

The great Taiping Rebellion, the fall of the Empire and the rise of Mao.

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Tue, 07/11/2017 - 12:00
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/3001732462/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false In the 18th century China was the biggest economy in the world, and with that prosperity came a fabulously rich culture. From China's favourite novel, to opera and storytelling houses, and all-women's mosques, it's an age full of surprises. But then came the fateful clash with the... /episodes/get/54462 /episode/54462 The Last Empire /episode-player/54462

Journey back in time to see the splendor of the last Chinese dynasty, the Qing. Witness the fateful First Opium War, which sparked the fall of the empire, and, after the 20th-century revolutions, the birth of today's China.

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Tue, 07/11/2017 - 12:00
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/3001731798/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false In the alleys of Kaifeng, the world's greatest city before the 19th century, Michael Wood hears legends, samples the cuisine and explores printing. We see a huge working replica of an astronomical clock made by 'China's Leonardo da Vinci', one of the inventions that made the... /episodes/get/54111 /episode/54111 Golden Age /episode-player/54111

See the stunning achievements of two of China's most brilliant dynasties: the Song, creators of a Chinese Renaissance, and the Ming, builders of the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.

Air date:
Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:00
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/3001732116/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false In Nanjing Michael Wood sees the building of a huge replica of a Ming ocean-going junk. In Suzhou the 'Venice of China', he explores the silk industry, ceramics and lacquer-making, and visits one of China's most beautiful gardens. Then in Macao, the arrival of Jesuit missionary... /episodes/get/55115 /episode/55115 The Ming /episode-player/55115

The time of the Great Wall , the Forbidden City and treasure ships sent on ocean voyages.

Air date:
Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:00
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Explore China's early history with host Michael Wood as he joins a million people at a festival devoted to ancient gods, hear the tale of China's bloodthirsty First Emperor and travel the Silk Road to discover the brilliant Tang dynasty.

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Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:00
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Michael Wood conjures up China's first great international age, the Tang Dynasty.

Air date:
Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:00
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