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DVD PN 1997 S76 1996 (HEU)


The Story of China : the Ming
Main Title: The Story of China: the Ming [videorecording] / BBC ; written and presented by Michael Wood

Genre/Form: History

Credits: Production China, Ka Kee Pye ; Wang Qian ; Associate Producer, Tina Sijiao Li ; Production, Fatima Papatheodorou ; Cambria Bailey-Jones ; Production Assistant, Mingming Zhou ; Fiona Mehrabany ; Xingwen Qian ; Researcher, Susanna Thorton ; Executive Producer, Martin Davidson-BB ; Leo Eaton- PBS.

Summary: 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 film takes us to his great capital Nanjing, with its 21 miles of walls, each brick stamped with the namen of the vilalge that made it. Following the trail, we go to the Bao family village and see the villagers act a Ming murder story. Like many authoritarian states, the Ming were obsessive about architecture. We see the giant fortifications of the Great wall, the ritual enclaves of the Forbidden City in Beijing and travel with bargeman Mr Hu down the Grand Canal, China's great artery of commerce right up to the present day. We then hear about Admiral Zheng He's voyage to Africa and the Gulf decades before Columbus, watch the construction of an ocean-going wooden boat 250ft long, and hitch a ride on a replica Ming junk in the South China Sea. As state prosperity grew, so did a rising middle class. Wood looks at Ming culture in Suzhou, the Venice of China. Staying in a merchant house, he discovers the silks, ceramic and lacquer-making industries, and visits one of the most beautifuf gardens in the city. Then on to Macao and the arrival of Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci, who hoped to convert China to Christianity. In the cathedral in Beijing, we learn more about these fateful exchange with the West. Finally in Shaoxing, we visit the house of the "Ming Proust" and at grassroots the Zhao family in Fujian wher the film ends in an elagiac mood with the fall of the Ming in 164

Subject: China--Civilization.
Subject: China--History.
Videorecording DVD 94 mins.
1 videodisc (94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
©1996, , BBC ,
Distributed by BBC Worldwide Limited
AV Material ID 1000015103
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