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Story of China

The Last Empire

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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 British in the First Opium War, the beginning of the end of the empire.

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The Age of Revolution

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

57:34

The Age of Revolution

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Golden Age

Michael Wood tells the tale of China's Renaissance.

55:18

Golden Age

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The Ming

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

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The Ming

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"Why Can't Women Be Heroes Too?"

Qiu Jin was the tragic star of the failed revolution of 1907, against the Qing Dynasty.

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"Why Can't Women Be Heroes Too?"

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China's Last Empire: A Rich Age for Muslim Culture

Under the Qing Dynasty Muslim culture had a new vitality – including all women’s mosques.

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China's Last Empire: A Rich Age for Muslim Culture

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The First Meeting of the Chinese Communist Party

Michael Wood describes the first meeting of the Chinese Communist Party in Shanghai 1921.

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The First Meeting of the Chinese Communist Party

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The Last Communist Collective in China

Michael Wood visits the last surviving communist outpost in today's China.

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The Last Communist Collective in China

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The Opium Trade in China

Professor Zheng Yangwen tells Michael about the impact of the opium trade in China.

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The Opium Trade in China

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The Show Must Go On!

Michael Wood watches an opera in the snow, to celebrate Grandma’s 90th birthday!

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The Show Must Go On!

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Christian Missionary Matteo Ricci Journeys to China

In 1582, Matteo Ricci arrives in Macao, hoping to convert China to Christianity.

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Christian Missionary Matteo Ricci Journeys to China

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Did the Chinese Invent Soccer?

Michael Wood visits a Chinese Premier League soccer game seeking the origin of "Kickball."

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Did the Chinese Invent Soccer?

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Preview: The Age of Revolution (Episode 6)

Survey the three great revolutions that gave birth to today's China.

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Preview: The Age of Revolution (Episode 6)

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Preview: The Last Empire (Episode 5)

Discover the splendors of China’s last empire, the Qing.

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Preview: The Last Empire (Episode 5)

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Preview: Golden Age (Episode 3)

Learn about China’s Renaissance under the Song Dynasty.

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Preview: Golden Age (Episode 3)

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Preview: The Ming (Episode 4)

Hear the story of China’s most famous dynasty.

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Preview: The Ming (Episode 4)

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