- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: December 11, 2006
Take an in-depth look at the marvels of the magnificent ancient empire that is the subject of the Oscar® - nominated film The Curse of the Golden Flower.
- Emmy®-winning series hosted by actor and art historian Peter Weller.
- Discover the history and culture of ancient societies through their engineering accomplishments.
- China, despite being 4000 years old, is on the verge of becoming the future's dominant nation.
The largest nation on Earth, the oldest empire in the world, the greatest construction project in history. Join Peter Weller in a sweeping survey of the incredible engineering feats of China.
Unlike many of the fascinating subjects of ENGINEERING AN EMPIRE, China is even more relevant today than it was in its classical age. Other great societies flourished, achieved spectacular heights of engineering, then withered until their majesty is only hinted by ruins and legend. But China has maintained a continuous, albeit tumultuous, sovereignty throughout its history. In that time – and often long before similar advances in the West – the Chinese mastered every area of human expertise.
In this captivating episode, ENGINEERING AN EMPIRE surveys the engineering marvels that facilitated and defined the Chinese Empire. Century after century, China's all-powerful emperors mobilized immense peasant armies to accomplish engineering feats unparalleled in human history.
Join Peter Weller on this voyage of discovery. See the world’s longest canal. Learn of the naval fleet that outnumbered every ship in Europe combined. And, of course, no discussion of Chinese engineering is complete without considering the tremendous Great Wall, an emperor’s fantastic dream realized against all odds and reason.
You will be awestruck by the audaciousness and determination of the ancient builders of the Celestial Empire, CHINA.