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    這部紀錄片展現了世界海上貿易史上白銀與中國數百年的糾纏過程。拍攝地點遍布世界各地,被訪專家來自亞洲、美國、俄羅斯、南美、英國、歐洲,當然有中國學者-包括著名經濟學家、史家李稻葵教授。製作團隊在高空拍攝了見證過航海時代白銀輝煌的波托西礦山,在聖彼得堡的沙皇宮殿和中國各地,從紫禁城到中國北方的大型光伏電池企業。

    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.

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    中國對白銀有很大需求,當時的洋商,特別是英國商人,為了不用大批白銀做貿易,所以就向中國入口鴉片,觸發了鴉片戰爭,以及之後的八國聯軍之役等多場戰爭,亦導致清朝的衰亡。

    事實上,白銀已經先後令到中國兩個朝代覆亡。第三集的「白銀帝國」,除了詳細講述清朝覆亡和白銀不可分割的關係之外,還探討到民國初期,中國實行貨幣改革,希望結束長期倚賴白銀的景況。另外,亦會講到,在當代白銀如何以一個新的模式,再次流入中國。

     

     

    雙語廣播:

    粵語/英語 (電視版)

     

     

    播放頻道:

    港台電視 31、31A

    播出時間:

    (首播)
    (重溫)

    2019年6月18日 星期二 晚上9時30分
    2019年6月19日 星期三 凌晨12時      
    2019年6月19日 星期三 中午12時

    We end with the legacy of the years of silver. For nearly 400 years, China’s relationship with silver shapes its own history and the history of the world. It is the spark that ignites globalization and is the driver of world trade. Silver brings China to the peak of its powers but it also involves the Empire in wars and exposes its people to the ravages of opium. It suffers the loss of its territory and control over its own destiny. But it also brings us silverware of rare beauty coveted by the aristocrats of Europe, found now in museums across the globe. Today this silver is prized the world over – especially in China. Chinese Export Silver is coming home.

    Bilingual:

    Cantonese/ English (TV Version)

     

     

    Channel:

    RTHK 31 & 31A

    Time:

    (First run)
    (Re-run)

    2019.6.18 Tue 9:30pm
    2019.6.19 Wed 12:00am
    2019.6.19 Wed 12:00pm

     

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    • 白銀的未來 The Future of Silver

      白銀的未來 The Future of Silver

      中國對白銀有很大需求,當時的洋商,特別是英國商人,為了不用大批白銀做貿易,所以就向中國入口鴉片,觸發了鴉片戰爭,以及之後的八國聯軍之役等多場戰爭,亦導致清朝的衰亡。

      事實上,白銀已經先後令到中國兩個朝代覆亡。第三集的「白銀帝國」,除了詳細講述清朝覆亡和白銀不可分割的關係之外,還探討到民國初期,中國實行貨幣改革,希望結束長期倚賴白銀的景況。另外,亦會講到,在當代白銀如何以一個新的模式,再次流入中國。

       

       

      雙語廣播:

      粵語/英語 (電視版)

       

       

      播放頻道:

      港台電視 31、31A

      播出時間:

      (首播)
      (重溫)

      2019年6月18日 星期二 晚上9時30分
      2019年6月19日 星期三 凌晨12時      
      2019年6月19日 星期三 中午12時

      We end with the legacy of the years of silver. For nearly 400 years, China’s relationship with silver shapes its own history and the history of the world. It is the spark that ignites globalization and is the driver of world trade. Silver brings China to the peak of its powers but it also involves the Empire in wars and exposes its people to the ravages of opium. It suffers the loss of its territory and control over its own destiny. But it also brings us silverware of rare beauty coveted by the aristocrats of Europe, found now in museums across the globe. Today this silver is prized the world over – especially in China. Chinese Export Silver is coming home.

      Bilingual:

      Cantonese/ English (TV Version)

       

       

      Channel:

      RTHK 31 & 31A

      Time:

      (First run)
      (Re-run)

      2019.6.18 Tue 9:30pm
      2019.6.19 Wed 12:00am
      2019.6.19 Wed 12:00pm

       

      18/06/2019
    • 百年國恥 Century of Humiliation

      百年國恥 Century of Humiliation

      中國目前是世界第二大經濟體,將來可望攀升至第一位,但其實早在兩百多年前,中國的白銀貿易,已經令中國成為全球經濟中心。

       

      中國的茶葉、瓷器和絲綢銷售到全世界,全世界的白銀就源源不絕地流入中國。這本來是供求定律下最完美的配合,但西方商人不願意向中國付出白銀,又找不到中國人想要的貨品進行貿易,最終,英國的東印度公司就向中國銷售一樣商品,令中國的白銀流回他們的手中,那種商品,就是鴉片。

       

      西方商人向中國銷售鴉片,最終導致鴉片戰爭出現,戰敗的中國,失去全球貿易的主導地位,變得要聽命於西方強權,還經歷了「百年國恥」。《白銀帝國》第二集講述了這些變化,與中國以致全球命運的種種關連。

       


      雙語廣播:


      粵語/英語 (電視版)

       

       

      播放頻道:

      港台電視 31、31A

      播出時間:

      (首播)
      (重溫)

      2019年6月11日 星期二 晚上9時30分
      2019年6月12日 星期三 凌晨12時      
      2019年6月12日 星期三 中午12時


      The story of modern China is remarkable. With a population of 1.3 billion and astonishing industrial growth, China is now the second largest economy on the planet - soon it will be number one.

      The whole world loves China’s porcelain and silks. They pay handsomely for these luxury goods and they pay in silver. The Imperial coffers are brimming with this precious metal, which is the Emperor’s chosen method for his people to pay their taxes. The British still cannot persuade the Chinese to take their manufactured goods in exchange for tea. The Chinese are only interested in silver and this is costing Britain dearly. What the British do next to reverse this trend is so outrageous it would be a criminal act today. They become suppliers of a far more addictive drug that tea - opium.

      In late 1839, Britain declares war on China. By June 1840 a British flotilla reaches the Pearl River and it comes with unstoppable firepower. With its fleet and forts destroyed China has little option but to negotiate a peace treaty. In 1842, they sign the Treaty of Nanjing. This started the period that the Chinese nickname their "Century of Humiliation".

       

      Bilingual:

      Cantonese/ English (TV Version)

       

       

      Channel:

      RTHK 31 & 31A

      Time:

      (First run)
      (Re-run)

      2019.6.11 Tue 9:30pm
      2019.6.12 Wed 12:00am
      2019.6.12 Wed 12:00pm

       

      11/06/2019
    • 白銀爭奪戰 The Silver Rush

      白銀爭奪戰 The Silver Rush

      白銀對中國來說,有著無可比擬的價值,甚至比黃金更珍貴。中國對白銀的需求,亦改變了全世界。

      一切由1571年,明代的皇帝一個決定開始。他規定百姓要以白銀繳稅,令到白銀的需求突然大增,西班牙於是向中國提供大量的白銀。白銀貿易壯大了西班牙的海上戰鬥力,亦間接助長了西班牙對其他國家的侵略。

      白銀的流通,亦令全球貿易漸見雛型,中國的貨品銷售到全世界,全球掀起了中國風。中國主導了全球貿易,但亦惹來列強垂涎,導致清朝的滅亡,「白銀帝國」第一集《白銀爭奪戰》,揭示了白銀不單止改變了中國的歷史,還影響了全球的命運。

       

       

      雙語廣播:

      粵語/英語 (電視版)

       

       

      播放頻道:

      港台電視 31、31A

      播出時間:

      (首播)
      (重溫)

      2019年6月4日 星期二 晚上9時30分
      2019年6月5日 星期三 凌晨12時      
      2019年6月5日 星期三 中午12時

       

      In episode 1, "The Silver Rush", it discovers what happens when the King of Spain’s supply of silver meets the Emperor of China’s tax demands. It’s a remarkable story that puts China at the centre of world trade 400 years ago. It’s a story that completely revises what is commonly believed about China – that it came late to globalization; that for centuries its Empires were content to exist in splendid isolation. The truth is altogether different. China and its demand for silver link the world into one global network. It is not late to globalization, it is globalization’s progenitor – it’s very first founding member.

      Bilingual:

      Cantonese/ English (TV Version)

       

       

      Channel:

      RTHK 31 & 31A

      Time:

      (First run)
      (Re-run)

      2019.6.4 Tue 9:30pm
      2019.6.5 Wed 12:00am
      2019.6.5 Wed 12:00pm

       

      04/06/2019