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The Silk Road episode 3

The Silk Road episode 3: In the final episode of his series tracing the story of the most famous trade route in history, Dr Sam Willis continues his journey west in Iran. The first BBC documentary team to be granted entry for nearly a decade, Sam begins in the legendary city of Persepolis - heart of the first Persian Empire.     Following an ancient caravan route through Persia's deserts, he visits a Zoroastrian temple where a holy fire has…

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The Story of China episode 6 – The Age of Revolution

The Story of China episode 6 - The Age of Revolution: Between 1850 and 1950, three cataclysmic revolutions shook China to the core, but out of them, today's China emerged. 'Revolution', Michael Wood observes, 'has been a fact of life in Chinese history'.     The film begins in Canton with the meeting of a US missionary and a Chinese student. Inspired by the Christian story and calling himself God's second son, Hong unleashed the bloodiest war of the 19th…

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The Story of China episode 5 – The Last Empire

The Story of China episode 5 - The Last Empire: Michael Wood looks at China's Qing empire, which lasted from 1644 to 1912. Under the Qing, China doubled in size and became arguably the world's greatest economy.     China's last empire, the Qing, lasted from 1644 to 1912. It began in violence and war as the Manchus swept down from the north, but invaders became emperors, with three generations of one family ruling the country. Among them, Michael Wood…

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The Story of China episode 4 – The Ming

The Story of China episode 4 - The Ming: The tale of the Ming dynasty begins with the amazing story of Hongwu, a peasant rebel. Michael Wood explores the history of the world's newest superpower.      The tale of one of China's most famous dynasties begins with the amazing story of Hongwu, a peasant rebel who founded one of greatest eras in Chinese history.   The Story of China episode 4 - The Ming   The film takes…

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The Story of China episode 3 – The Golden Age

The Story of China episode 3 - The Golden Age: This episode tells the tale of what's broadly considered China's most creative dynasty - the Song (960-1279). Michael Wood heads to the city of Kaifeng, the greatest city in the world before the 19th century.     Here in Twin Dragon Alley, locals tell him the legend of the baby boys who became emperors. He explores the ideas and inventions that made the Song one of greatest eras in world…

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