Understand the current global financial crisis in the full context of financial history.
In The Ascent of Money encoring Tuesday, August 24 and 31 at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on PBS World (cable 524/DT21.2), Niall Ferguson traces the evolution of money and demonstrates that financial history is the essential back-story behind all history. Parts 3 & 4 air Tuesday, August 31 with Risky Business at 7 p.m. and Planet Finance at 8 p.m.
“Everyone needs to understand the complex history of money and our relationship to it,” he says. “By learning how societies have continually created and survived financial crises, we can find solid solutions to today’s worldwide economic emergency.” As he traverses historic financial hot spots around the world, Ferguson illuminates fundamental economic concepts and speaks with leading experts in the financial world.