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Commanding Heights - The Battle of Ideas   -  Discontinued

Commanding Heights - The Battle of Ideas

Item Number:
120 min.
Closed Caption:
WGBH Boston Video
Grade Level:
9 - 12
The Battle of Ideas identifies how the world, for much of the twentieth century, first moved toward more government control and then began to move away. The program focuses on the struggle between two economic thinkers, John Maynard Keynes, whose ideas on government intervention dominated much of the twentieth century, and Freidrich Von Hayek, whose free-market ideas were largely ignored until the economic crises of the 1970s forced political leaders to rediscover them. In the 1980s, the simultaneous emergence of the governments of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan set the stage for a worldwide capitalist revolution - one that will be tested by economic turmoil in the future. Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy, based on the best-selling book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw, confronts head-on Americans' critical concerns about the new interconnected world. Filmed on five continents, the powerful narrative combines stunning film footage with dramatic stories and extraordinary interviews with world leaders and thinkers from twenty different countries, including: Bill Clinton, former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev, Mexican President Vicente Fox, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, and many others. Commanding Heights dramatically captures the issues that have defined the wealth and fate of nations and shows how the battle over the world economy will shape our lives in the twenty-first century. Special DVD Features Include: • Access to the Commanding Heights Web site, including: • An exclusive time map, which provides an interactive atlas of economic history • Comprehensive transcripts from on-camera interviews, and biographies of the people who played significant roles in the development of the modern global market • An online teacher's guide that provides suggestions for applications of the Web site in classroom instruction • An excerpt from the companion book to the series • A complete list of interview subjects included in the series • Chapter breaks • English audiotrack and subtitles • On three DVD5 discs.

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