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Since her death 1300 years ago, Wu Zetian has been remembered as a callous tyrant, who brought calamity to China. But now, extraordinary new discoveries are revealing a very different picture of her reign.

As archaeologists investigate hidden tombs, spectacular pagodas, gigantic palaces and priceless treasures from her time, they are uncovering a very different story of China’s female Emperor, her skills and her empire. Wu Zetian’s China was a military, economic and cultural superpower, whose influence stretched from the edge of the Mediterranean to Japan and India. Recent discoveries reveal the wealth and stability of her reign, and point to her skills as a politician and a leader. But they also provide tantalising new evidence of the cruelty and violence at the heart of her regime.

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Dancing Jen
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Dancing Jen

This is a perfect exemple of how history is distorted depending on who worte/told it, which in this case, male aristocrats. This was very interesting.

Pie
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Pie

Chinese historians just hate her X chromosomes. Some don't even acknowledge her & calling her a myth.

Tbh i still wonder how many powerful women had been wiped out from Chinese history.

Yasmachina
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Yasmachina

she is my favorite historical character to read about. she was so misunderstood.

andria Biebs
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andria Biebs

I wish I could visit those places. Just beautiful ❤️ it’s interesting that history written by men is often skewed towards women. Same with English history, the she wolfs…

nutzeeer
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nutzeeer

80 years is a really impressive age for that time! how did she manage that?!

LetsJazzItUp
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LetsJazzItUp

More Asian history please

E A
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E A

Oh hi. I see you're going to win by culture victory. Such a pity I finished project Manhattan and ready to launch my nuclear arsenal towards your capital. Love. Katerina, the impress of Russia.

Tall Dwarf
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Tall Dwarf

This woman supposedly killed two of her own children who were ruling as the emperor at the time because they wouldn’t follow their mother’s command, this woman was damn pretty ruthless.

Garbage Dad
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Garbage Dad

When they were asking if she was really as cruel and bad at her job as it was written, i was like ‘wow i cant imagine why a woman emperor in male dominated china would be so held in such a poor regard. Cant think of a reason. She must have been terrible and not just written out of her contributions to an empire at one of its wealthiest, most open and most diplomatic points at its history because she was a woman. No way’

LetsJazzItUp
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LetsJazzItUp

If only she had a daughter to be the next reigning empress to continue women in power

Teddy Wells Films
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Teddy Wells Films

is this narrated by Bryan Callen?

TheConqueringRam
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TheConqueringRam

This is a pretty fantastic documentary of a ruler that I knew nothing about. From what I can get from this documentary is that Wu Zetian was a worthy Empress who deserves a high place in history. Also, the reenactments of Wu Zetian were so beautiful, elegant and relaxing.

Anan G
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Anan G

Would be nice if we can watch more killer household item from china. That blonde braided lady with all killer from from Tudor, edwardian era really my fave.

Sweet Insanity
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Sweet Insanity

We'd probably be advanced several hundreds of yrs if women weren't always so repressed throughout history. Although not perfect, many times when there's been a female in command, things have been so much better all around. Women went from being more free to being enslaved all over again because men are so afraid to admit that women are and would be better rulers.

UchihaMindi
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UchihaMindi

Green Dragon, White Tiger!! Great to get actual information on the subject – and Black Jade 👌😁

Ian Demontfort
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Ian Demontfort

What is this BS Political Correctness about calling her an Emperor? She was an Empress you sad bunch of w@nkers. In truth you egg heads know f all. You decide how we should view the past by changing the present. Empress, not Emperor. Stick in your pc a holes you lefty t0ssers.

independent vote
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independent vote

Meanwhile, America is Terrified to elect a female president

ravenhill the hooded mystic † 1044 AD
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ravenhill the hooded mystic † 1044 AD

ridiculous and uninteresting, give us a video on european history.

cat
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cat

Didn’t she kill everyone who got in her way but let’s be real what leader hasn’t lol