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When Cultures Collide

When Captain Cook arrived in New Zealand in 1769, his sailors and Maori who met them began trading. Paul Seabright explores the impact of trade - good and bad - when cultures meet.

When Captain Cook arrived in New Zealand waters in 1769, his sailors and the Maori who met them began to trade almost immediately. When two civilizations meet, trade has a major role to play - for good and for bad. Paul Seabright investigates the cultural impact of trade. And, in a story from China, he hears how the social consequences of trade contacts made many centuries ago can still be seen today.

Producer: Chris Ledgard.

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15 minutes