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The ascent of money / PBS ; a co-production of Chimerica Media Limited and THIRTEEN in association with WNET ; written and presented by Niall Ferguson ; series producer, Melanie Fall ; series director, Adrian Pennink.

Other Title:
Container title: Ascent of money : a financial history of the world
Edition:
Complete 4 hour version.
Publication:
[London] : Chimerica Media Ltd. ; [Alexandria, VA] : Distributed by PBS Distribution, ©2009.
Format/Description:
Video
1 videodisc (approximately 222 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.
Subjects:
Money -- History.
Economic history.
Finance -- History.
Economics -- History.
International finance -- History.
Economic history
Economics
Finance
International finance.
Money
Form/Genre:
Television series.
Documentary television programs.
History.
Nonfiction television programs.
Television adaptations.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Documentary television programs.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Nonfiction television programs
Television adaptations.
Television series.
Documentary television programs.
Closed caption video recordings.
Language:
Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.
System Details:
DVD, NTSC, Region 1; widescreen (1.85:1 aspect ratio) presentation, enhanced for 16:9, televisions; stereo.
digital optical stereo
widescreen (1.85:1)
NTSC
video file DVD video region 1
Summary:
Based on professor Niall Ferguson's best-selling book "The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World" in which he predicted the current economic crisis delves into how the complex system of global finance evolved over the centuries, how money has shaped the course of human affairs and how the mechanics of this economic system work to create seemingly unlimited wealth--or catastrophic loss. By the beginning of the 21st century, the systems of credit, insurance, bond trading and stock markets had transcended all national boundaries to create a truly global economic system, opening the door to unprecedented growth, but also worldwide instability in the event of one nation's downturn. In an effort to establish more stability following the Great Depression, the U.S. government's New Deal created a "property owning Democracy," a system of federally backed savings and loans that allowed more people than ever before to buy homes by offering low interest rates and long-term mortgages. Rampant inflation in the 1970s, however, led the government to remove regulations on interest rates and opened the door to a massive scandal in the 1980s and one of the country's worst economic crises. The vulnerabilities of America's property-based economy would be felt again 20 years later, in the current economic crisis that has shaken the world. The crisis threatens "Chimerica," the symbiotic relationship between China and America in which China's vast savings from the manufacturing of cheap goods has been lent to America to fuel growth. But at what point will America's battered economy lead China to cut off its line of credit? And how might America respond? The answer, Ferguson suggests, may be found in the history of the ascent of money.
Contents:
Episode 1. From bullion to bubbles
Introduction
The beginnings of money
Credit
The Medicis & money lending
Bonds
Stocks
John Law's scheme
Credits (56 min.)
Episode 2. Bonds of war
Introduction
John Law and the Mississippi bubble
The Rothschilds
The Battle of Waterloo
The American Civil War
Real estate
Emerging markets
Credits (55 min.)
Episode 3. Risky business
Introduction
The limits of modern insurance
The origins of insurance
The welfare state
Milton Friedman
Chile's economic collapse
Hedging bets
Derivatives
Credits (56 min.)
Episode 4. Planet finance
Introduction
Property owning democracy
The S & L scandal
Global finance
Sub-prime countries
Micro-finance
Chimerica
Credits (55 min.).
Participant:
Presenter, Professor Niall Ferguson; Episode 1 & 3 cast: Gareth Armstrong (Shylock), Richard Lintern (Bassanio).
Credits:
Director of photography, Dewald Aukema, additional photography, Vaughan Matthews; composer, Steven Severin, additional music, Jack Ketch; editors, Orly Danon, Elliot McCaffrey, Matt Platts-Mills, Duncan Thomsen; archive researcher, Alison McAllen.
Notes:
Videodisc release of the reorganized 4-hour edition aired in July 2009.
Special features: PBS.org [text feature].
Contributor:
Ferguson, Niall, screenwriter, narrator.
Fall, Melanie, producer.
Pennink, Adrian, director.
Halper, Andy, producer.
Segaller, Stephen, producer.
Berthon, Simon, producer.
Grant, William (William R.), producer.
Armstrong, Gareth, actor.
Lintern, Richard, actor.
Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.), production company.
Chimerica Media, production company.
WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.), production company.
PBS Home Video, publisher.
PBS Distribution (Firm), distributor.
ISBN:
0793670934
9780793670932
OCLC:
429642888
Publisher Number:
841887010948
ASMO600 PBS Video
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