Globalization continues to be a force in our economic climate. And the origins of this globalized economy, its effects on important contemporary concerns, and its future trends are just a few of the intriguing issues you explore in these 36 lectures. Go beyond the economy of the United States and examine the recent history of economies in other countries and regions. As you journey with Professor Taylor through the last 50 years of world economic history, you'll explore international perspectives on the new global economy and develop a richer understanding of our increasingly interconnected world.
To get a comprehensive picture of the new global economy, you consider the individual economies of countries including China (which may be the world's largest economy through much of the 21st century), India (the accelerated growth of which is based in service industries), and the Middle East (where most economies are surprisingly quite small). You'll also focus on a range of economic issues that have important ramifications for everyone, such as labor laws, population growth, and international economic agencies such as the World Bank and the World Trade Organization.
Taken together, these lectures are a comprehensive look at economic globalization you can't get from reading the business section of a newspaper. They're your opportunity to grasp the economic histories, issues, and trends that affect us. With the knowledge gained from these lectures, you're able to understand the latest developments in our global economy and better prepare for a future in which all our economies will be linked.
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I hope this professor will produce something newer, as I would be very interested in his post-2008 take on things. He mixes statistics (such as per capita GDP compared betwen countries, and changes in that over time) with the narrative history effectively. I wouldn't say I was stunned by any bit of information, but I was pleased with the overall walk-through, which sharpened my knowledge. He did have some very interesting stats and conjectures about what has and particularly hasn't worked in Africa and the Middle East. He works his way around the entire planet, and major economy-shaping events of the last several decades.
In mid-2008, delivering this lecture series, he seemed to have underestimated how bad things were going to get. But that is true of most people, including most economists.
His voice sometimes takes on a bit of an urgent or intense tone that can be slightly grating. But it is not significant, and wouldn't stop me from listening through this course (or others by him). I understand he has a lot to say in a compressed amount of time. I also enjoyed his global economic history of the 20th century.
I just listened to this course for the second time. Taylor covers all of the main happenings in the global economy in the past half-century. You really get a bang for your buck. There's just so much good information in this course. Check to see the outlines of all the topics covered at the Great Courses website.
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