The art of producing silk was developed and refined by the Chinese more than 5,000 years ago. The strong, lightweight, and lustrous fabric was the lifeblood of the Silk Road trade route that connected China to the West, changing the fortunes of empires and societies on both ends and along the way.
National Geographic and Windows XP present the following video profiles of people and societies who "started something" that had a significant impact on the development of modern civilization.
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