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Commanding heights [videorecording] : the battle for the world economy / an Invision Productions Limited production in association with Heights Productions, Inc. and WGBH Boston, with the assistance of Lion Television Limited ; series producer, William Cran
Alternate Title Battle for the world economy [videorecording]
[Boston, Mass.] : WGBH Boston Video, c2003
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 Videos/2nd Flr  HD87 .Y4711 2003  v.1    AVAILABLE
 Videos/2nd Flr  HD87 .Y4711 2003  v.2    AVAILABLE
 Videos/2nd Flr  HD87 .Y4711 2003  v.3    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Economic policy -- History -- 20th century
Economic history -- 1945-
Capitalism -- History -- 20th century
Markets -- History -- 20th century
Privatization -- History -- 20th century
Deregulation -- History -- 20th century
Competition, International -- History -- 20th century
Globalization -- History -- 20th century
Films for the hearing impaired
Documentary television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Physical Description 3 videodiscs (120 min. each) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Credits Series writers, Daniel Yergin and William Cran
Performer/Participant Narrated by David Odgen Stiers
Note - System Details DVD; Dolby digital
Language Closed-captioned
Note Originally produced in 2002
Based on the book by Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw
Special features: Daniel Yergin on creating a television series from his book; Q & A with Daniel Yergin and producers William Cran and Greg Barker; an excerpt from the companion book; a complete list of interview subjects included in the series
Incomplete Contents [v.1]. The battle of ideas [videorecording] / produced and directed by William Cran -- [v.2]. The agony of reform [videorecording] / produced and directed by William Cran -- [v.3]. The new rules of the game [videorecording] / written, produced and directed by Greg Barker
Summary Episode one: explains how, for the last half of the 20th century, the world moved toward more governmental control of markets -- from the centrally planned economies of the communist world to the "mixed economies" of Europe and the developing world to the United States' regulated capitalism -- and then began to move away from governmental control in the 1980s and 1990s. Discuss two important economists of this era: John Maynard Keynes, who advocated government intervention to control the booms and busts of capitalist economies, and Friedrich von Hayek, who argued that government intervention in the economy would erode human freedom and was doomed to failure
Episode two: illustrates how economies with strict governmental control encountered serious trouble in the 1980s and how many leaders embraced the idea of "shock therapy," a rapid conversion to free-market capitalism. The program focuses in detail on how reform played out in several countries: Russia, Poland, India, Bolivia, and Chile, as they lived through the upheavals of rapid change, dealing with both the new freedoms and the new dangers of privatization, deregulation, and competition
Episode three: examines the promises and perils of globalization in the 1990s, focusing on the story of President Clinton's embrace of free-trade policies, the challenges the world's leaders faced in taming the virulent contagion of financial collapse in the developing world, and the strong opposition to globalization that surfaced in protests against the policies of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Covers the years from the 1992 U.S. presidential election to the September 11 terrorist attacks
Alternate Author Cran, William
Yergin, Daniel. Commanding heights, the battle between government and the marketplace that is remaking the modern world
Stanislaw, Joseph. Commanding heights, the battle between government and the marketplace that is remaking the modern world
Stiers, David Ogden
InVision Productions
Heights Productions
WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.)
Lion Television Ltd

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