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The Ascent of Money

The Ascent of Money

In this four-part series, Harvard historian Niall Ferguson delves deep 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.

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  • The Ascent of Money

    Traces the origins of the economic crisis back through the history of economics to the Renaissance. [116 minutes]

  • From Bullion to Bubbles (1 of 4) (#101)

    Discover how money evolved from a crude system of coins to a complex global financial system. [56 minutes]

  • Bonds of War (2 of 4) (#102)

    The relationship between war and money is explored, from Napoleon to the Civil War and World War I. [56 minutes]

  • Risky Business (3 of 4) (#103)

    The insurance industry is explored from 18th century Scotland to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. [56 minutes]

  • Planet Finance (4 of 4) (#104)

    The global economic system has created unprecedented growth but can lead to worldwide instability. [56 minutes]

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