In Age Of Plunder, the fifth episode of this landmark series charting the history of human civilization, Andrew Marr tells the story of Europe's transition from piracy to private enterprise. The explosion of global capitalism began with Christopher Columbus stumbling across America while searching for China (and presumably India). While Europe tore itself apart in religious wars after the Reformation, the Spanish colonized the New World and brought back 10 trillion dollars' worth of gold and silver. But it was Dutch and English buccaneer businessmen who invented the real money-maker: limited companies and the stock exchange...