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China in Documentary Film (Leavey Library): History

History

China 2000 BC: The Rise and Fall of Dynasties in Ancient China
"This program explores how the idea of Zhong-hua (Sinocentrism) was forged in ancient China and finally utilized by the First Emperor of Qin to bind many people under one flag."

China 2000 BC: Unearthing the Truth Behind a Myth, the Xia Dynasty
"China's earliest dynasty was the Shang that was founded in about 1600 B.C. However joint research by Chinese and Japanese archaeologists is uncovering evidence of an even earlier dynasty...it was the Xia, the first dynasty established by Yu the Great, who is said to have saved many people's life from violent floods through his diligent flood prevention works. This episode explores how the first chaos was followed by a dramatic development of the first dynasty,"

China Quake
"...is an engrossing look at the massive 2008 earthquake in China, one of the most destructive quakes ever recorded, and a lesson in the science of seismic activity...follows a team of international scientists a year after the monster quake as they search for clues that will help solve the mystery of the massive, unexpected disaster."

China:  A Century of Revolution
"An astonishingly candid view of a once-secret nation with rare archival footage, insightful historical commentary and stunning eyewitness accounts from citizens who struggled through China's most decisive century."

China's Century of Humiliation: A Look at China's Interaction with the West throughout the 19th Century
"Account of Chinese history and in particular Chinese-Western relations. A documentary film that combines Western and Chinese expert analysis and animation. Trade deficits, cultural misunderstandings, economic nationalism are thoroughly explored through the eyes of China and the West. Chinese perspective on the last 200 years of history."

Mao's Great Famine
"This film examines the mechanisms and political decisions that led to the disaster, stripping away the secrecy surrounding the campaign and exposing the lie, which continues today, about the true human cost and who was responsible."

Tian'an men: The Gate of Heavenly Peace
"Revisits the Tiananmen Square incident of June 4, 1989 and explores the complex political process that led to the protests and the eventual Beijing massacre. Includes still photographs, eyewitness accounts, interviews, and newsreels
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