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China's first emperor [videorecording] /

by Gutzeit, Andreas [aus]; Shih, David [nrt]; Plowman, Michael Richard [cmp]; Story House Productions; History Channel (Television network); Filmroos Inc; Arts and Entertainment Network.
Material type: materialTypeLabelVisual materialPublisher: [New York] : A&E Television Networks, c2008Description: 2 videodiscs (ca. 250 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.ISBN: 1422926397:; 9781422926390.Title notes: $34.95 7/16/2009 (si)Subject(s): DVD-Video discs | Qin shi huang, Emperor of China, 259-210 B.C | China -- Kings and rulers -- Biography | China -- History -- Qin dynasty, 221-207 B.C | Terra-cotta sculpture, Chinese -- Qin-Han dynasties, 221 B.C.-220 A.D | Shaanxi Sheng (China) -- Antiquities | DVD-Video discs | Documentary films | DocumentaryNarrated by David Shih.Summary: Credited with both unifying China and tormenting its citizenry, Qin Shi Huangdi, the "first emperor of China," is one of the most controversial leaders in the nation's history. His reign brought advances such as standardized currencies, weights, and measures, unified written and spoken language and transportation systems. In battle, too, he was centuries ahead of his time--creating assembly lines to mass-produce precision-crafted swords, arrows and other weapons. This documentary examines this ruler's complex legacy, from the brilliant military strategies that created an empire to his plans for the original Great Wall. Bonus disc, China's Wall of Doom, features the discovery of the emperor's 7,000 life-size army of terra-cotta statues and the Great Wall of China.
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He commanded an army that shadowed that of Napoleon's, put Alexander the Great's conquests to shame, established a realm that thrived longer than the Roman Empire, and build the Great Wall of China, and although we know well his many accomplishments, we have little knowledge of the First Emperor of China as a man. His name was Chin Shi Huang Di, and he was a charismatic leader credited with unifying China. But he was also said to torment the country's citizens, making him as controversial as he was celebrated. In addition to standardizing such things as currencies, weights, and measures, Huang Di also unified languages both written and spoken, as well as establishing transportation systems and establishing what is widely believed to be one of the very first assembly lines - 2000 years before Henry Ford revolutionized the auto industry with that same, efficient method of manufacturing. But Huang Di wasn't turning out cars; he was more concerned with mass producing such precision crafter weapons as arrows and swords. From his revolutionary military practices to his ambitious plans for a wall that would stretch for hundreds of miles, this documentary explores Huang Di's remarkable legacy in vivid detail. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

$34.95 7/16/2009 (si)

Bonus disc entitled "China's Wall of Doom," produced by Film Roos, Inc., for A&E, Network, c1996.

DVD.

Co-producer, Jaqueline L. Vorhauer ; co-writer, Laurie K. Miller ; editor, Sam Morrison ; associate producer, Stephanie Rucci ; director of photography and lighting, Frank van Vught ; music, Michael Plowman.

Narrated by David Shih.

Credited with both unifying China and tormenting its citizenry, Qin Shi Huangdi, the "first emperor of China," is one of the most controversial leaders in the nation's history. His reign brought advances such as standardized currencies, weights, and measures, unified written and spoken language and transportation systems. In battle, too, he was centuries ahead of his time--creating assembly lines to mass-produce precision-crafted swords, arrows and other weapons. This documentary examines this ruler's complex legacy, from the brilliant military strategies that created an empire to his plans for the original Great Wall. Bonus disc, China's Wall of Doom, features the discovery of the emperor's 7,000 life-size army of terra-cotta statues and the Great Wall of China.

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