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Some linguists say, the name of today's China originates from the name of the Qin dynasty. Marking the beginning of the age of empire in China and founded by Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of imperial China. Qin arrange for the first version of the Great Wall to be built and ushered a new era of military tactics, appointing many peasants as soldiers. Following great changes and ambitious totaliarism the people revolted against the imperial family. Thus, shortly after, the Qin dynasty was to fall to the Han dynasty. Declared by Emperor Gaozu, an era of great expansion began, including contacting the Roman Empire and developing the Silk Road trade highway. Many industrial innovations and inventions were developedduring that era Lasting for 600 years, with a short interregnum of the Xin dynasty. All about the true birth of Imperial China in this episode of IT’S HISTORY

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Twitchett, Denis and Loewe, Michael. The Cambridge History of China. Cambridge University Press.
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Presented by: Guy Kiddey
Script by: Guy Kiddey
Translated by: Guy Kiddey
Directed by: Daniel Czepelczauer
Director of Photography: Markus Kretzschmar
Music: Markus Kretzschmar
Sound Design: Bojan Novic
Editing: Franz Jänich

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Based on a concept by Florian Wittig and Daniel Czepelczauer
Executive Producers: Astrid Deinhard-Olsson, Spartacus Olsson
Head of Production: Michael Wendt
Producer: Daniel Czepelczauer
Social Media Manager: Laura Pagan and Florian Wittig

Contains material licensed from British Pathé
All rights reserved - © Mediakraft Networks GmbH, 2015

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