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China: Triumph and Turmoil

Synopsis
Three part documentary series in which Niall Ferguson explores China’s position as an emerging economic superpower, and its subsequent relationship with the rest of the world. He travels through China investigating how its vast population can live successfully under a Communist system of government with a capitalist economy. In the opening film, Niall shows how the apparatus of the state has been used to subjugate individual freedom in the name of unity. He also examines how centralised control has produced tensions that threaten to destroy this huge country. In part 2 Ferguson’s journey takes in Beijing, Mao Zedong’s birthplace at Shaoshan, the city of Chongqing and rural Anhui and hears from survivors of Chairman Mao’s regime, newly minted billionaires and Mao worshippers. Ferguson finds the way China is governed has some similarities to the way it was under the First Emperor. The third episode examines what China’s growing global presence and aggressive nationalism mean to all of us. China’s supercharged economic growth signals a shift in political power from west to east. We are increasingly dependent on China’s money to bail out our own fragile economies. But at what price? Ferguson looks at what it would be like to work in a Chinese-dominated world.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2012
Year of production
2012
Notes
Broadcast on C4 in weekly parts beginnig 12/3/2012
Subjects
Economics; Geography; History; Politics & government
Keywords
China; economic geography; political geography

Credits

Contributor
Niall Ferguson

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
180 minutes
Year
2012

Sponsor

Name

Channel 4

Distributor

Name

4DVD

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