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The Story of China

  • 2016
  • Season 1
  • 6 episodes
  • Documentary

Summary

Michael Wood explores the distinctive history of the world's newest superpower.

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Episode 6: The Age of Revolution

Summary

Michael Wood's exploration of the history of China concludes with the impact of its revolutions, of which there were three between 1850 and 1950. Michael heads into the wild mountain villages in the south of the country where the Taiping Rebellion began and lasted from 1850 to 1864, fought between the established Manchu-led Qing dynasty and the Heavenly Kingdom of Peace, led by Hong Xiuquan. The Boxer Rebellion at the turn of the 20th century developed against the disruption caused by the growth of foreign spheres of influence in China, while Michael talks to a survivor of the Nanjing Massacre, when Japanese troops took over the city in 1937.
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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

If you haven’t seen any of Michael Wood’s cartwheel through a few millennia of history, it’s worth catching the last episode. And not just because it’s good and interesting, but also because it deals with the stuff that feels relevant today – the turbulent 19th and 20th centuries when China went through repeated humiliations and crises.

Wood whisks us through the Opium Wars, the Boxer Rebellion, the last Emperor, the war with the Japanese, and the Mao era: occasionally, you wish he’d left more time for this stuff. But there are evocative scenes, like when he stands in the room where the first meeting of the Chinese Communist Party took place in 1921, with 12 people attending.

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  • Episode 6

    The Age of Revolution

    - , PBS America

    Summary

    Michael Wood's exploration of the history of China concludes with the impact of its revolutions, of which there were three between 1850 and 1950. Michael heads into the wild mountain villages in the south of the country where the Taiping Rebellion began and lasted from 1850 to 1864, fought between the established Manchu-led Qing dynasty and the Heavenly Kingdom of Peace, led by Hong Xiuquan. The Boxer Rebellion at the turn of the 20th century developed against the disruption caused by the growth of foreign spheres of influence in China, while Michael talks to a survivor of the Nanjing Massacre, when Japanese troops took over the city in 1937.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    If you haven’t seen any of Michael Wood’s cartwheel through a few millennia of history, it’s worth catching the last episode. And not just because it’s good and interesting, but also because it deals with the stuff that feels relevant today – the turbulent 19th and 20th centuries when China went through repeated humiliations and crises.

    Wood whisks us through the Opium Wars, the Boxer Rebellion, the last Emperor, the war with the Japanese, and the Mao era: occasionally, you wish he’d left more time for this stuff. But there are evocative scenes, like when he stands in the room where the first meeting of the Chinese Communist Party took place in 1921, with 12 people attending.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour | SUB

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterMichael Wood

    Crew

    rolename
    ProducerRebecca Dodds
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