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Niall Ferguson

Full Name: Niall Ferguson
Gender: Male
Hometown: Glasgow, Scotland
Born: 1964-04-18
Number of Works: 24
Niall Ferguson (born April 18, 1964, in Glasgow) is a British (Scottish) historian who specialises in financial and economic history as well as the history of empire. He is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and the William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He was educated at the private Glasgow Academy in Scotland, and at Magdalen College, Oxford.

He is best known outside academia for his revisionist views rehabilitating imperialism and colonialism; within academia, his championing of counterfactual history is a subject of some considerable controversy. In 2008, Allen Lane published his most recent book, The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World which he also presented as a Channel 4 television series.

ISBN: 1594201927, 9781594201929
Keywords: world, history, financial, money, ascent
Pages: 442
Published: 2008
  • Rating: 80%

Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot, lucre, moolah, readies, the wherewithal: Call it what you like, it matters. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it?s the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it?s the chains of labor. But in The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress. What?s more, he reveals financial history as the essential backs
ISBN: 0141007540, 9780141007540
Keywords: empire
Pages: 448
Published: 2003
  • Rating: 80%

Niall Ferguson's compelling tour de force, Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World is published to coincide with a Channel 4 TV series. Ferguson, author of The Pity of War and The Cash Nexus, does not so much provide a synoptic survey of the British empire since the 17th century, as an arresting argument about why it arose, and how it fell. Ferguson's emphasis throughout is on the pursuit of economic profit and military might. Piracy overseas and a taste for sugar and spice at home, combined with an unerring ability to vanquish rival European powers such as the Dutch and French in the dash
ISBN: 0143034790, 9780143034797
Keywords: empire, american, rise, colossus
Pages: 416
Published: 2005
  • Rating: 60%

Acclaimed historian Niall Ferguson ranges across the entire history of America?s foreign entanglements and delves into all the dimensions of American power?military, economic, cultural, and political. The result is a book whose conclusions are as convincing, and troubling, as they are original. Ferguson demonstrates that America has always been an empire in denial and shows the fateful consequences of its special brand of imperialism. He examines the challenges to the United States from its principal rivals, the European Union and China, and offers a compelling analysis of the connection betwe
ISBN: 0465057128, 9780465057122
Keywords: war, world, explaining, pity
Pages: 563
Published: 1998
  • Rating: 80%

The Blood of EuropeThere are always two versions of what happens in a war: the official version, released during the conflict and sanctioned by the men running the show; and the historical version, written with some detachment by observers and scholars who have the benefit of hindsight. For students of the Vietnam war, this second, more reliable history was written at the same time as the official version by critical journalists living through the battles.The popular story of the First World War, however, was mostly written after WWII, against the backdrop of undeniable German evil and in the
ISBN: 0465023266, 9780465023264
Keywords: modern, world, power, money, nexus, cash
Pages: 380
Published: 2001
  • Rating: 80%

"The cash nexus is the crucial point where money and power meet. But does money make the political world go round? Does the success of democracy depend on economic growth? Does victory always go to the richest of the great powers? Or are financial markets the true 'masters' of the modern world?" "With the analytical boldness and the grasp of dazzling detail for which he is now famous, Ferguson offers a fascinating account of the evolution of today's economic and political landscape, from 'sleaze' to the single currency. Far from being driven by iron economic laws, he argues, mod
ISBN: 0140240845, 9780140240849
Keywords: prophets, money, volume, rothschild, house
Pages: 672
Published: 1998
  • Rating: 80%

Bestselling author Niall Ferguson offers a myth-breaking portrait of one of the most fascinating and powerful families in Europe. Hidden for nearly 50 years in the KGB's special archive, the uncovered records cast new light on the banking family's rise to preeminence.
ISBN: 0465023231, 9780465023233
Keywords: counterfactuals, alternatives, history, virtual
Pages: 560
Published: 1997
  • Rating: 60%

What if there had been no American War of Independence? What if Hitler had invaded Britain? What if Kennedy had lived? What if Russia had won the Cold War? Niall Ferguson, author of the highly acclaimed The Pity of War, leads the charge in this historically rigorous series of separate voyages into “imaginary time” and provides far-reaching answers to these intriguing questions.Ferguson’s brilliant 90-page introduction doubles as a manifesto on the methodology of counter-factual history. His equally masterful afterword traces the likely historical ripples that would have procee
ISBN: 1846142733, 9781846142734
Keywords: west, civilization
Pages: 432
Published: 2011
  • Rating: 60%

From one of our most renowned historians, Civilization: The West and the Rest is the definitive history of Western civilization's rise to global dominance—-and the "killer applications" that made this improbable ascent possible.
ISBN: 0140286624, 9780140286625
Keywords: banker, world, volume, rothschild, house
Pages: 544
Published: 1998
  • Rating: 80%

For nearly 200 years, the famed Rothschild banking family has weathered political revolutions, world wars and international financial crises. The House of Rothschild chronicles the family's rise and fall, and now its rise again, and describes the reasons for its lasting power. "Part of the secret of long-run success in banking is, of course, not to go bust; the Rothschilds' relative risk aversion is one reason for their financial longevity," writes author Niall Ferguson, who was surprised to discover during his research that the family had a return on capital as low as an avera