Commanding Heights

Commanding Heights


Learn about the economic history of countries across the globe, and the influence of globalization with these resources from COMMANDING HEIGHTS. 

  • Economic Architect: Lee Kuan Yew

    Learn about Lee Kuan Yew, the first elected prime minister of Singapore, and his contribution to economic growth, with this profile from the WGBH production, Commanding Heights.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Economic Architect: Keith Joseph

    Learn about Keith Joseph, an architect of Thatcherism, which focused on free-market monetarism, with this profile from the WGBH production, Commanding Heights.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Economic Architect: Milton Friedman

    Learn about Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize winning economist, and his contribution to monetary economics, with this profile from the WGBH production, Commanding Heights.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Economic Architect: John Kenneth Galbraith

    Learn about John Kenneth Galbraith, one of the world's most recognized economists, and his theory on industrial societies with this profile from the WGBH production, Commanding Heights.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Economic Architect: Deng Xiaoping

    Learn about Deng Xiaoping, the Communist leader of China, and his influence on China's economy using the free-market system, with this profile from the WGBH production, Commanding Heights.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Economic Architect: Friedrich Von Hayek

    Learn about Friedrich Von Hayek, Nobel-Prize winning economist, and his contribution to free-market capitalism, with this profile from the WGBH production, Commanding Heights.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Economic Architect: Ludwig Erhard

    Learn about Ludwig Erhard, Germany's minister of economic affairs from 1949 to 1963 who crafted the plan for West Germany's post-World War II economic recovery, with this profile from the WGBH production, Commanding Heights.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Economic Architect: Mao Zedong

    Learn about Mao Zedong, who led China's Communist revolution in the 1920s and 1930s and became Chief of State of the People's Republic of China in 1949, with this profile from the WGBH production, Commanding Heights.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Economic Architect: Kwame Nkrumah

    Learn about Kwame Nkrumah, the leader of the Gold Coast's movement toward independence from Britain during the 1940s and '50s, who headed the new nation of Ghana following its independence in 1957, with this profile from the WGBH production, Commanding Heights.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Economic Architect: Jawaharlal Nehru

    Learn about Jawaharlal Nehru, one of the principal leaders of India's independence movement during the 1930s and '40s, and his contribution to India's new economy with this profile from the WGBH production, Commanding Heights.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Economic Architect: Jean Monnet

    Learn about Jean Monnet, a French economist who initiated comprehensive economic planning in Western Europe after World War II, with this profile from the WGBH production, Commanding Heights.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Economic Architect: Joseph Schumpeter

    Learn about Joseph Schumpeter, an Austrian American economist known for capitalist development theories, with this profile from the WGBH production, Commanding Heights.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Economic Architect: John Maynard Keynes

    Learn about John Maynard Keynes, a British economist known for his revolutionary theories on the causes of unemployment, with this profile from the WGBH production, Commanding Heights.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Economic Architect: Joseph Stalin

    Learn about Joseph Stalin, the dictator of the Soviet regime, and his contribution to global economy with this profile from the WGBH production, Commanding Heights.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Economic Architect: William Beveridge

    Learn about William Beveridge, the British economist and social reformer, and his contribution to economics with this profile from the WGBH production, Commanding Heights.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Economic Architect: Vladimir Lenin

    Learn about the founder of the Russian Communist Party, Vladimir Lenin, and his contribution to political history with this profile from the WGBH production, Commanding Heights.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Economic Architect: Friedrich Engels

    Learn about German political economist and father of Marxist theory, Friedrich Engels, with this profile from the WGBH production, Commanding Heights.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Economic Architect: Karl Marx

    Learn about Karl Marx, the author of the "The Communist Manifesto" and his contribution to global politics, with this profile from the WGBH production, Commanding Heights.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Economic Architect: Adam Smith

    Learn about Scottish philosopher Adam Smith, and his contribution to the political economy with this profile from the WGBH production, Commanding Heights.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Key Events

    Learn about the key events in global politics in the twentieth century with the timeline from the WGBH production, Commanding Heights.

    Grades: 9-12

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