Michael Wood on the story of China

In this talk first delivered in December 2020, Michael Wood shares stories from the world’s oldest continuous civilisation

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Michael Wood tells stories from his highly praised new book, a grand sweep history of the world’s oldest continuous civilisation, ‘a tale of astounding drama, fabulous creativity and deep humanity”.


Historian broadcaster and film maker Michael Wood has brought history alive for viewers and readers in Britain, the US and worldwide for nearly forty years. He is the author  of many highly praised and bestselling books,  and has made 120 documentary films, which have been seen around the world, among them In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great (to date seen in over 150 countries and territories) and The Story of India, which the Wall Street Journal described as ‘the gold standard’ of documentary history making’. Michael is currently Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester