Niall Ferguson shows how the vast apparatus of the Chinese state has always been called on to subjugate individual freedom to the higher goal of unity. But how, on the other hand, centralised control produces tensions that threaten to destroy the country.
This episode looks at Mao's legacy and asks how China manages to live under a Communist system of government but with a thriving capitalist economy.Episode 2
In the final episode Niall Ferguson asks what China's growing global presence and aggressive nationalism mean to all of us.
Presenter and Writer - Niall Ferguson
Series Producer - Melanie Fall
Series Director - Adrian Pennink
Producer - Susannah Price
Director of Photography - Dewald Aukema