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Civilization: Is the West History? Competition

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This episode compares the Ming dynasty with 13th century England. During this time period, the Chinese had a credible claim to be the most advanced civilization in the world, but the lead that China had established in technology was not to be translated into sustained economic growth. The empire stifled colonial expansion and economic innovation, while the political division in Europe bred competition. Part of the "Civilization: Is the West History?" series. Please note this title contains mature themes.

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5 ceramic copies of a Ming Dynasty Chinese soldier standing in a walled area holding spears, dressed in long robes with wide sleeves, protective leather shoulder pads, belted chest armor, bronze helmets with a spike.
Civilization: Is the West History?
Episode 1
47 minutes 4 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Etching of a long haired man in night clothes looking through a long telescope supported by a stand. The man is seated behind the scope and the scope extends up to an open window. The room is richly furnished.
Civilization: Is the West History?
Episode 2
47 minutes 8 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Old sepia-toned map shows property lines with parcels numbered and geographic features noted on map.
Civilization: Is the West History?
Episode 3
47 minutes 43 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Asian city at night with brightly illuminated neon building signs and crowds of people walking.
Civilization: Is the West History?
Episode 5
47 minutes 14 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12