Engineering An Empire

Season 1 Episode 11

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 11, 2006 on The History Channel
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For over 4,000 years the world's greatest empires have come and gone--only China has survived the test of time. Century after century, China's regal emperors mobilized peasant armies to accomplish engineering feats unparalleled in human history. .

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      • Narrator: It was empire on a scale that has never been equaled. It was mysterious, violent in the extreme and endlessly inventive. Only one empire has survived for 4,000 years: China. All powerful Emperors mobilized immense peasant armies for feats of engineering unparalleled in human history: A gilded tomb with rivers of flowing mercury, the world's longest canal, a naval fleet mightier than any that had ever put to sea, but none can compare to the monument that would change the face of the Earth: The Great Wall of China. And yet dynasty after dynasty, consumed by vanity and greed, would be toppled from power when the people rose up and oppression turned to destruction.

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      • Commentators:

        Joanna Waley-Cohen
        New York University

        John Major
        The China Institute

        Arthur Waldron
        University of Pennsylvania

        Nancy Steinhardt
        University of Pennsylvania

        Silas Chiow
        Architect

        Edward L. Dryer
        University of Miami

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