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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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Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 - 4:00 AM    "Bonds of War" Money and war have long had a close relationship. In early 19th-century London, the powerful Rothschild family helped the British government finance its war against Napoleon and, despite a nearly catastrophic miscalculation of the war's duration that could have led to financial ruin, found an opportunity to create enormous wealth through the purchase of British bonds. Fifty years later, the relationship between war and money would again be felt in America's Civil War, when the Confederacy attempted, with disastrous results, to finance itself by boosting the value of its cotton - its only tangible asset - by placing an embargo on exports to Britain. D
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Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 - 4:00 AM "Bonds of War" (WORLD)
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Friday, Dec 23, 2011 - 6:00 AM "Risky Business" (WORLD)
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Friday, Dec 23, 2011 - 7:00 AM "Planet Finance" (WORLD)
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Friday, Dec 23, 2011 - 12:00 PM "Risky Business" (WORLD)
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Friday, Dec 23, 2011 - 1:00 PM "Planet Finance" (WORLD)
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Friday, Dec 23, 2011 - 5:00 PM "Risky Business" (WORLD)
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Friday, Dec 23, 2011 - 6:00 PM "Planet Finance" (WORLD)
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Friday, Dec 23, 2011 - 11:00 PM "Planet Finance" (WORLD)
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Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 - 4:00 AM  "Bonds of War"
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Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011 - 4:00 AM  "From Bullion to Bubbles"
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Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011 - 3:00 AM  "Bonds of War"
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Monday, Dec 19, 2011 - 3:00 AM  "From Bullion to Bubbles"
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Friday, Dec 16, 2011 - 11:00 PM  "Bonds of War"
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Friday, Dec 16, 2011 - 7:00 PM  "Bonds of War"
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Friday, Dec 16, 2011 - 6:00 PM  "From Bullion to Bubbles"
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Friday, Dec 16, 2011 - 1:00 PM  "Bonds of War"
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Friday, Dec 16, 2011 - 12:00 PM  "From Bullion to Bubbles"
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Friday, Dec 16, 2011 - 7:00 AM  "Bonds of War"
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