Best of Times, Worst of Times (2000)

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    Peter Jay

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    United Kingdom

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The fifth programme in a six-part series in which Peter Jay investigates human economic history. In this programme covering 1851 - 1945 AD, he reveals how a period of rapid industrial expansion and wealth creation gave rise to a new form of economic nationalism. He also suggests that economic tensions in the first half of the 20th century were crucial causes of two world wars. Amongst topics explored are the rapid period of technological change which took place in the late 19th century, when widespread scientific advances were harnessed to industry, the world trade boom, the emergence of America as the world's economic superpower, the crucial role of the railroads to the American economy; the industrial capitalists exemplified by Andrew Carnegie, and the economic origins of war.

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