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Niall Ferguson

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Niall Ferguson was born April 18, 1964, in Glasgow. He is a Scottish historian. He specializes 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 visa mer Harvard Business School. His books include Paper and Iron: Hamburg Business and German Politics in the Era of Inflation 1897-1927 (1993), Virtual History: Alternatives and Counterfactuals (1997), The Pity of War: Explaining World War One (1998), The World's Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild (1998), The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000 (2001), Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power (2003), Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire (2004), The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West (2006) and The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World (2008), Civilization: The West and the Rest (2011) , The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die, and The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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Verk av Niall Ferguson

The House of Rothschild [set] (1998) 154 exemplar
The Shock of the Global: The 1970s in Perspective (2010) — Redaktör — 38 exemplar
The ascent of money [DVD] (2009) — Berättare — 14 exemplar

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This book went some places I didn't expect it to, and avoided others I expected it to visit. There was plenty to soak up, but some of the concepts were a bit complicated for me.
BBrookes | 64 andra recensioner | Dec 6, 2023 |
This is a big book! Essentially a history of WW2, but looking more at the big picture, at patterns. Some concrete details to make the pattern clear, but then lots of statistics too. There's a grand theory here to provide a thread... empires just coming off their peak, economic instability, and ethnic diversity at the block by block level, turning into neighbor against neighbor, families against themselves. But really the thread of theory is not enough to carry the weight of the facts, or I couldn't fit it all together anyway. But the theory does give a perspective, a way to organize the facts. It works well enough for that.

People treating other people as sub-human. That seems like the new feature of 20th Century brutality. Hmmm. That'd be another angle that would be useful here, that Ferguson doesn't bring in, not that I recall. Philosophers have remarked on Mass Man... Dostoevsky and the existentialists... how ideology somehow aligns people in any crazy direction... perhaps it's mass media, radio, TV...

The Epilog discusses events since WW2. Yeah Western Europe has been pretty peaceful, but the Balkans, Rwanda, Cambodia... crazy ideological ethnic slaughter has hardly slowed. Strange, the book was published in 2006, but there is no mention of bin Laden and al Qaeda.... but the book must have been pretty far along by then...

This book doesn't really answer anything. The explanatory framework really just makes more coherent the real questions. Yeah another monster here... one statistic, in the WW2 timeframe, the USA produced 75% of world petroleum. Ferguson does not look at the big picture of resource depletion. We have moved largely from empires to a global society. As this whole network crumbles... it is sure hard to be optimistic... if this kind of mechanized slaughter is the wave we are caught up in... it has yet to crest...
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kukulaj | 13 andra recensioner | Dec 4, 2023 |
Excellent perspective on geopolitical situation from historical perspective. Little dated with the current circumstances. But gives an interesting perspective of imperialism and how it affected our society of today. Worth the read
Brumby18 | 20 andra recensioner | Nov 22, 2023 |
One approaches this volume with great expectations, as the editor's other works have been popular and readable. The topic itself is somewhat problematic, as it could lead into a sort of dead end, akin to asking for the purpose of life (life is to be lived; history is that which has already happened, thus a fait accompli, and not all your king's horses and all your king's men can do a thing about it). However, such an approach could hypothetically serve as a guide to current actions on the nationaland internationaal stage, if there were an effort to tease out where things went wrong, and what could have been done differently. Some of the contributions in this volume do serve this purpose, but on the whole I am not impressed; many of the chapters have limited interest to a general audoence (I confess that I gave up two-thirds into an interminable and dreary account of Ireland's problems; and I am a guy who usually persists doggedly to the bitter end out of respect to the writer). Ironically, the editor's own contribution at the end works the least well of all the chapters, degenerating as it does into a fantasy of Hitler occupying Britain, and does not really serve the purposes of improving our understanding of how history happens.… (mer)
Dilip-Kumar | 8 andra recensioner | Nov 7, 2023 |



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