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- Format: Closed-captioned, 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
In an ancient land, a wonder of the Industrial Revolution led to controversy, fortune and desperation.
The Isthmus of Suez has been a trade gateway between the East and West for millennia. The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 permanently bridged the gap between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.
But the Canal did far more than simplify trade, as MODERN MARVELSTM reveals. In many ways, it was an embodiment of everything that defined the world during the Industrial Revolution--a technological triumph of grand vision, a colossal exploitation of a "backward" nation and an incredible windfall for the wealthy financiers behind it. Conceived by its prime mover and chief architect, Ferdinand De Lesseps, as a project funded by the world, built by the Egyptians and open to ships of all nations, it turned out somewhat differently. It would be a hundred years before the Egyptians saw a penny of profit from the canal, and its construction led directly to the nation's 75 years under British rule!
From the ancient canals that carried trade some 1,200 years before the birth of Christ to the 20,000 ships a year that pass through the straits today, this is a comprehensive study of the SUEZ CANAL.