CHINA: TRI­UMPH AND TUR­MOIL, SBS One, 9.30pm

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Wednesday -

OK, it’s pos­si­bly not quite en­ter­tain­ment as you know it. This is a three-parter from Har­vard pro­fes­sor Niall Fer­gu­son (pic­tured), who asks will it all fall apart for China or what? In this first episode he goes back to find out how a vast coun­try with so many peo­ple has kept it all go­ing for 2000 years; the or­der and the rigid­ity and the ‘‘ ev­ery­thing’s great’’ pub­lic face. And how big a role does Con­fu­cius play? Of course, there have been costs. Mil­lions dead. Per­sonal free­doms gone. Even a ca­sual stroll by Fer­gu­son through a book­store is telling.

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