China's first industrial revolution occurred more than two millennia before Europe's. Today, there is a new wave of industrialization in China as the awakened dragon prepares to test its wings. This program draws on historical evidence and expert commentary to vividly illustrate China's early mastery of crucial industrial processes and to explain how they contributed to the wealth and progress of Chinese civilization. Pivotal events that hampered China's advancement in recent centuries and the country's move to regain its momentum as a world-class producer and an Information Age innovator are also examined.
Great Chinese Industrial Past Discovered (2:15) -- Rebuilding Chinese Industry (1:03) -- Jingdezhen (1:54) -- Division of Labor (1:22) -- Sources of Jingdezhen Industrialization (2:53) -- Paper, Printing and Moveable Type (2:38) -- Innovation, Empire and Industry (2:14) -- Bronze Bells (2:45) -- Iron and Steel in Tombs (2:38) -- Ancient Techniques (1:22) -- Chinese Industrial Revolution (1:07) -- Porcelain Leads to Iron (1:14) -- Wood-Fired Kilns (2:46) -- Forced Air Pump and Iron (1:26) -- Iron and Chin Shih Huang's Empire (2:22) -- Iron's Contributions (1:16) -- Chinese Decline (1:51) -- Explaining China's Decline (2:37) -- Attempts at Reform (1:26) -- China Under and Since Mao (2:21) -- Chinese Growth (2:35) -- Suspicion of Chinese Products (1:06) -- Chinese Science (2:14) -- Computerizing Chinese Writing System (3:13) -- Bringing Telephones to Countryside (1:20) -- Orienting Business Toward Customers (2:10) -- Wiring Remote Regions (1:32) -- China's Past and Future (0:50) -- Credits: Forging the Future: China's Industrial Heritage (1:42)
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