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Title Commanding heights [(DVD) 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.

Publication Info. [Boston, Mass.] : WGBH Boston Video, [2002]
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 Nichols Adult DVD Nonfiction  338.9 COM    AVAILABLE
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Description 3 videodiscs (120 min. each) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details DVD; Dolby digital.
Language Closed-captioned.
Credits Editor, Chris Lysaght ; photography, Jeff Baynes ... [et al.] ; music, Paul Foss ; writers, William Cran, Daniel Yergin.
Performer Narrator, David Ogden Stiers.
Contents episode 1. The battle of ideas / produced and directed by William Cran -- episode 2. The agony of reform / produced and directed by William Cran -- episode 3. The new rules of the game / 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.
Note 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.
For specific features see interactive menu.
Subject Economic policy -- History -- 20th century -- Videodiscs.
Economic history -- 1945- -- Videodiscs.
Capitalism -- History -- 20th century -- Videodiscs.
Markets -- History -- 20th century -- Videodiscs.
Privatization -- History -- 20th century -- Videodiscs.
Deregulation -- History -- 20th century -- Videodiscs.
Competition, International -- History -- 20th century -- Videodiscs.
Globalization -- History -- 20th century -- Videodiscs.
Films for the hearing impaired.
Added Author Cran, William.
Barker, Greg.
Yergin, Daniel. Commanding heights, the battle between government and the marketplace that is remaking the modern world.
Stanislaw, Joseph.
InVision Productions.
Heights Productions.
WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.)
Lion Television Ltd.
Added Title Battle for the world economy
Battle of ideas.
Agony of reform.
New rules of the game.
ISBN 1578079373 (set)
9781578079377 (set)
1578079381 (episode 1)
9781578079384 (episode 1)
157807939X (episode 2)
9781578079391 (episode 2)
1578079403 (episode 3)
9781578079407 (episode 3)
Standard No. 783421362598 (set)
783421362697 (v.1)
783421362796 (v.2)
783421362895 (v.3)
Music No. WG36259 (set) WGBH Boston Video
WG36269--WG36289 WGBH Boston Video
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