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The Resource Ascent of money : a financial history of the world, PBS ; written and presented by Niall Ferguson ; series producer, Melanie Fall ; series director, Adrian Pennink ; series executives, Andy Halper and Stephen Segaller ; executive producers, Simon Berthon and William R. Grant ; a co-production of Chimerica Media Limited and THIRTEEN in association with WNET, (videorecording)

Ascent of money : a financial history of the world, PBS ; written and presented by Niall Ferguson ; series producer, Melanie Fall ; series director, Adrian Pennink ; series executives, Andy Halper and Stephen Segaller ; executive producers, Simon Berthon and William R. Grant ; a co-production of Chimerica Media Limited and THIRTEEN in association with WNET, (videorecording)

Label
Ascent of money : a financial history of the world
Title
Ascent of money
Title remainder
a financial history of the world
Statement of responsibility
PBS ; written and presented by Niall Ferguson ; series producer, Melanie Fall ; series director, Adrian Pennink ; series executives, Andy Halper and Stephen Segaller ; executive producers, Simon Berthon and William R. Grant ; a co-production of Chimerica Media Limited and THIRTEEN in association with WNET
Title variation
Ascent of money
Contributor
Actor
Director
Host
Narrator
Producer
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • eng
  • eng
  • eng
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
Cataloging source
LYC
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
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
Date time place
Reorganized 4-hour edition aired in July 2009
Dewey number
  • 332.09
  • 332.4
  • 330.9
Intended audience
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Language note
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired
LC call number
HG171
LC item number
.A83 2009
PerformerNote
Presenter, Professor Niall Ferguson; Episode 1 & 3 cast: Gareth Armstrong (Shylock), Richard Lintern (Bassanio)
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Ferguson, Niall
  • Fall, Melanie
  • Pennink, Adrian
  • Halper, Andy
  • Segaller, Stephen
  • Berthon, Simon
  • Grant, William
  • Armstrong, Gareth
  • Lintern, Richard
  • Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
  • Chimerica Media
  • WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.)
  • PBS Home Video
  • PBS Distribution (Firm)
Runtime
240
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Money
  • Economic history
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • International finance
Target audience
adult
Technique
live action
Label
Ascent of money : a financial history of the world, PBS ; written and presented by Niall Ferguson ; series producer, Melanie Fall ; series director, Adrian Pennink ; series executives, Andy Halper and Stephen Segaller ; executive producers, Simon Berthon and William R. Grant ; a co-production of Chimerica Media Limited and THIRTEEN in association with WNET, (videorecording)
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Publication
Note
Special features: PBS.org [text feature]
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Contents
  • (55 min.)
  • 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
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Edition
Complete 4 hour version.
Extent
1 videodisc (ca. 240 min.)
Isbn
9780793670932
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
841887010948
Other physical details
sd., col.
Publisher number
ASMO600
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn429642888
  • (OCoLC)429642888
  • 905509
System details
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; stereo; widescreen presentation, enhanced for 16:9, televisions
Video recording format
DVD
Label
Ascent of money : a financial history of the world, PBS ; written and presented by Niall Ferguson ; series producer, Melanie Fall ; series director, Adrian Pennink ; series executives, Andy Halper and Stephen Segaller ; executive producers, Simon Berthon and William R. Grant ; a co-production of Chimerica Media Limited and THIRTEEN in association with WNET, (videorecording)
Publication
Note
Special features: PBS.org [text feature]
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Contents
  • (55 min.)
  • 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
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Edition
Complete 4 hour version.
Extent
1 videodisc (ca. 240 min.)
Isbn
9780793670932
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
841887010948
Other physical details
sd., col.
Publisher number
ASMO600
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn429642888
  • (OCoLC)429642888
  • 905509
System details
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; stereo; widescreen presentation, enhanced for 16:9, televisions
Video recording format
DVD

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