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Capitalism vs. Socialism: Comparing Economic Systems

Auteur(s): The Great Courses
Durée: 11 h et 59 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (56 évaluations)

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Ever since we produced our course Thinking About Capitalism, customers have expressed interest in a follow-up course that could help them understand socialism in the same way. After much consideration, we determined that it actually would be more beneficial to create a course that compares and contrasts the two major global economic theories, examining them in ways that move past the polemics many of us are used to and looking at these systems as they relate to one another and the world at large.

Politics and economics are inextricable, so it can be difficult to find the right person to tackle such a complex and often polarizing subject as objectively as possible. Luckily, we found Professor Edward Stuart, an economist and teacher who specializes in comparative economics. Professor Stuart brings not only economic expertise, but personal experience gleaned from teaching, traveling, and consulting all over the world, and it is this wide lens of experience that helps make Capitalism vs. Socialism such an engaging new entry in our library of courses.

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Engaging and enjoyable

Indeed a great course, rich with knowledge and insight. Dr. Stewart is consistently engaging and occasionally humorous. It's a down-to-earth, easy to comprehend analysis of over 100 years of historical events and their effects on economies and populations. It was my intro to economics and I hungrily listened all the way through. Sincerely recommended.

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Good lecture

Good collection of information, not really a good narrative if you're not already interested in the subject. Well read, not sure you expect a good performance in a lecture, but I found this to be pretty engaging. Would prefer if it dug in a little deeper to each of the topics, but it seems like good introductory material, maybe a good companion to an economics course.

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riveting

every lecture was not just full of information, historical reference, and backed by great analysis but I found the lecturer very entertaining. knowledgeable would be an understatement, and his on topic antidotes and personal stories kept a potentially dull subject a joy to listen. I'm listening a second time,

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Great course

Lot of facts that I was unaware of before listening to this book. It was very interesting to hear how country developers succeed or failed in their attempts to help their economy. Also how countries influences world economy. Only this book I hear author says democracy is not the only key to success. It's not one size fits all. I highly recommend it to those history and economy lovers.

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  • Marc Mallette
  • 2018-07-06

Good course, misleading title

This is an interesting and well-presented course on modern economic history, not so much an actual comparison of economic systems.

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  • Mariann
  • 2018-07-24

Two thirds Great

The teacher is really good. It seems like he has personal experience in every single nation he mentioned. A huge chunk of the beginning was basic economic theory (Adams, Cain and Marks) and the economics of Soviet Russia and present day United States. I dearly wish he had spent a little more time on the European Union. He said it was a success AND a failure, then didn’t fully say why. Another topic which I wish he had elaborated more on was the three Asian tigers. Why are these places so different from the rest of the world? I know this was generalized course and there are doubtless a lot of books on the topic but there was a lot of time spent reiterating stuff on Russia. If the Soviet system was the same in all the Russian satellite countries, then I don’t need a new general background on communism for every country that was communist.
Still, was really solid. I had no idea how different France and Germany were compared to the US economically. Most people will probably learn a lot.

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  • Trebla
  • 2018-05-15

More History than Econ

I am neither historian nor economist, but I did expect more explanation of the ideas and workings of economics and especially the differences between capitalism and socialism. While there was some talk of economic functions it was almost lost under the verbose repetition of European and some world history- but with little in the way of building an overview of the two systems

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  • R. Beise-Zee
  • 2018-07-20

Too much history, not enough theory

I was looking forward to the counterpoint to Thinking about capitalism, but was somewhat disappointed. I was expecting a bit more about the ideological or theoretical system of socialism and marxism and less an historical overview of countries. There too much about Keynesian economics and some of the historical vignettes seemed superficial. Overall a superficial treatise of socialism.

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  • Mateusz Canova
  • 2018-05-11

History of application of both economic systems

I was searching for a book that would answer a question that I constantly stumble upon in internet: which system is better? After reading I can confirm that neither is good, but a combination of both works best.

The author compares both systems, by looking at how they were applied in life. Some of the examples he uses are China, England or the Soviet Block countries. While this is an absolutely valid and correct approach, I thought I would get something different. I imagined the book will be more theoretical and will tackle more the feasibility of ideas presented by both systems. Truth be told, we get this in the first chapters of the book, but it was not enough for me. I would also like to see/hear more analysis of the economies of the other soviet block countries.

Overall, while I had some objections, I that this is a really great book with nice performance. It is my first book from the Great Courses, I think it raises the bar pretty high. I will definitely keep it in my library.

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  • Hanoch Yokev
  • 2018-10-14

impressivel lecture

too long, emphsizes the obvious. nevertheless , very good big picture, and the description of the collapse of iron sheild is fascinating.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-08-30

Good lecture.

You should read “The Creature form Jekyll Island” for a better understanding of the time period. This lecture does not cover fractional reserve banking (like it should) that causes booms and busts to occur with on capitalist economies.

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  • Scott Hansen
  • 2018-08-05

The Great Courses are appropriately named

This was the best, non political, explanation of economics I have heard in a long time.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-07-29

Scientific Economics

An excellent review of 20th century economic systems and history. What's the difference between the economics of Sweden and Slovenia? Find out in this user friendly course.

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  • Fernando Amador
  • 2018-07-28

Good presentation

A very important contribution to general knowledge; though I think leaves out the essence of the lessons of History.

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