Empires of Silver

Wednesdays at 7:30pm AEDT from March 13

 

This is the extraordinary story of how silver shaped the history of our world, from the 16th century to the present day. The silver trade kick-started the global economy, connecting China to the European empires and the Americas, and grew the wealth of cities as diverse as Boston, Hong Kong, Manila and New York. Silver toppled the Ming Dynasty, and opened up a new age of international exchange of treasures and ideas between the East and the West. But it also led to the Opium Wars, and started China’s ‘Century of Humiliation’. And now in the 21st century, China once again finds itself the world’s biggest importer of silver, which fuels its hi-tech industries.

The series combines expert testimony with rare archive footage and dramatic reconstructions to reveal silver’s key role in the fate of the world’s empires.

Season 1
Episode
Date & time
 
3: Episode 3
* NEW EPISODE *
3: Episode 3
Wed 27 March·7:30pm
Rec
 
 
Thu 28 March·4:00am
 
 
Thu 28 March·11:30am
 
 
Sun 31 March·6:30pm
2: Episode 2
* NEW EPISODE *
2: Episode 2
Wed 20 March·7:30pm
Rec
 
 
Thu 21 March·4:00am
 
 
Thu 21 March·11:30am
 
 
Sun 24 March·6:30pm