But there will come a point when it loses credibility in the scale of its borrowings, and it’s very hard to say when that point will come. As its wealth has grown, so its military prowess has shrunk, along with its self-belief. In 2002 Ferguson became the John Herzog Professor in Financial History at New York University Stern School of Business, and in 2004 he became the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. His championing of the method has been controversial within the field. That the British and the French had the better armies (Ferguson claims the German Army was superior). [14] Ferguson ascribes his decision to read History at University instead of English Literature to two main factors: Leo Tolstoy's reflections on History at the end of War and Peace (which he read at the age of fifteen), and his great admiration of historian A. J. P. Taylor. [98] Wilson argues that this interaction between the rulers and the ruled is a more complex, and contradicts Ferguson's one-sided picture of the British "transforming" India that portrays the British as active and the Indians as passive. [45] The U.S. is an empire in denial, not acknowledging the scale of global responsibilities. ", Ferguson research and conclusions have resulted in controversy, particularly from people who hold left-wing politics.[20]. "Clashing civilizations or mad mullahs: The United States between informal and formal empire" in Strobe Talbott (ed.). Page 2 of 34 - About 337 essays. [122] Matthew O'Brien countered that Ferguson was still distorting the meaning of the Congressional Budget Office report being discussed, and that the entire piece could be read as an effort to deceive. In hindsight, there would have been a bunch of things that I would have said no to. Is the economic situation in the US getting better or worse, in your opinion? Why these five books? He also serves as a non-executive director on the board of Affiliated Managers Group. [8] In 2004, he was named as one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. Fellow travellers—the leftists who line up with the Muslim Brotherhood to castigate Israel at every opportunity. He explains how he prefers a philosophy of history that emphasises the contingent and the chaotic, rather than the neatly predictable. Ferguson is a trustee of the New York Historical Society and the London-based Centre for Policy Studies. I have a totally different view from someone like my friend Richard Dawkins, or the late lamented Christopher Hitchens. That famous quote turned out to be pretty good as a predictor of what was happening in the wake of the war. So to read Collingwood, and understand that the whole point of understanding the past is to understand the present better, was very refreshing. Ferguson contended that the Obama administration's policies are simultaneously Keynesian and monetarist, in an "incoherent" mix, and specifically claimed that the government's issuance of a multitude of new bonds would cause an increase in interest rates. Foreign intervention—the millions of dollars that have found their way from the Gulf to radical mosques and Islamic centres in the West. [143], In February 2010, news media reported that Ferguson had separated from Douglas and started dating former Dutch MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali. As somebody who grew up in west Scotland, I was raised to revere him, and he was a big influence during my childhood. Ferguson has written regularly for British newspapers and magazines since the mid 1980s. Niall Ferguson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, former Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and current senior fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and founder and managing director of advisory firm Greenmantle LLC. "'The Caucasian Royal Family': The Rothschilds in national contexts" in R. Liedtke (ed.). I think the reality is that the fiscal crisis in the US hasn’t yet dawned, and it’s not entirely clear when it will, because the US in some ways benefits from the crisis enduring. [93] Ferguson demanded an apology and threatened to sue Mishra on charges of libel due to allegations of racism. The French historians Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau and Annette Becker were dubious about much of Ferguson's methodology and conclusions in The Pity of War, but praised him for the chapter dealing with the executions of POWs, arguing that Ferguson had exposed a dark side of the war that until then had been ignored. [8] In 2011 his film company Chimerica Media released its first feature-length documentary, Kissinger, which won the New York Film Festival's prize for Best Documentary. I’ve long revered Keynes’s intellect. Niall Ferguson has 58 books on Goodreads with 174345 ratings. That propaganda was successful in making men wish to fight (Ferguson argues the opposite). Do it. From 2010 to 2011, Ferguson held the Philippe Roman Chair in history and international affairs at the London School of Economics. "The Second World War as an economic disaster", in Michael Oliver (ed.). But if the second volume of 'Kissinger' is anywhere near as comprehensive, well written and riveting as the first, this will be his masterpiece. 3 You have to ask yourself: "Was it a smart decision to do those things?" "Niall Campbell Ferguson (/ˈniːl/; born 18 April 1964) is a conservative British historian and political commentator. The book starts with a quote from a letter which Kissinger wrote in 1972. [79] Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm had praised Ferguson as an excellent historian, but criticised him as a "nostalgist for empire". Clueless bankers—the sort who fall over themselves to offer “sharia-compliant” loans and bonds. Niall Ferguson was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1964 and attended The Glasgow Academy. Though it fought many small wars, the empire maintained a global peace unmatched before or since. "The City of London and British imperialism: New light on an old question", in Youssef Cassis and Eric Bussière (eds.). In 2004, Ferguson was named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. He is the author of Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschild, The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus, Empire, Colossus, The War of the World, The Ascent of Money, High Financier, Civilization, The Great Degeneration, Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, and The Square and the Tower. [3] He is known for his positive views concerning the British Empire. Not everyone will agree, but everyone will be charmed and educated. No, I think it would be a nightmare dinner party if they all came. The sound of Kenyan women singing, the smell of the first rain after the dry season and the taste of fresh mango – these are some of Niall Ferguson's boyhood memories. Ferguson supported the 2003 Iraq War, and he is on record as being not necessarily opposed to future western incursions around the world. [62] Ferguson accused London of unnecessarily allowing a regional war in Europe to escalate into a world war. What I like about Tolstoy is the kind of Christian fundamentalism – not the sort that one encounters in the Bible Belt, but the kind that takes Christianity very seriously. Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University. But come it will. He began writing a twice-a-month column for Bloomberg Opinion in June 2020. 1 So, as a historian, I have been strongly influenced at various junctures in my life by them all. "[58] The title refers to a transition from hierarchical, "tower" networks to flatter, "square" network connections between individuals. [53], Ferguson also argued that the modern West had lost its edge and the future belongs to the nations of Asia, especially China, which has adopted the West's "killer apps". The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power, Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire, Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World, The Best Russia Books: the 2020 Pushkin House Prize, High School Teachers Recommend Books by Subject. He has credited his family for instilling within him a love for writing and critical thought. So I think we’re at the point when the problems that are inevitably going to arise haven’t yet hit. So to somebody who was already interested in the First World War, that was a very exciting revelation. These books were the result of original archival research. [15], Ferguson studied as a Hanseatic Scholar in Hamburg and Berlin in 1987 and 1988. Niall Campbell Ferguson (; born 18 April 1964) is a Scottish-born historian. "[151], Ferguson dedicated his book Civilization to "Ayaan". They have three children: Felix, Freya, and Lachlan. My own approach to the philosophy of history owes a great debt to each of these authors. [104] Ferguson writes that Gibbon was wrong to claim the Roman Empire collapsed slowly and argues that the view among a growing number of modern scholars is that the collapse of the Roman empire was swift and violent; unforeseeable by Romans of the day, just as the collapse of modern European civilization would likewise be for modern Europeans.[104]. [30] Ferguson was also an adviser to Morgan Stanley, the investment bank. A century ago it was the West’s great blunder to think it would not matter if Lenin and his confederates took over the Russian Empire, despite their stated intention to plot world revolution and overthrow both democracy and capitalism. The fourth and final lecture, Civil and Uncivil Societies, focuses on institutions (outside the political, economic and legal realms) designed to preserve and transmit particular knowledge and values. [56] Andrew Roberts praised the book in The New York Times,[57] concluding: "Niall Ferguson already has many important, scholarly and controversial books to his credit. I have no doubt that at least some students were influenced by these allegations. Pankaj Mishra writes: Niall Ferguson’s strenuous attempts to distinguish himself from Stoddard – which make him flag his differences with, of all people, George Wallace – are misplaced. [12] He was brought up as, and remains, an atheist, though he has encouraged his children to study religion and attends church occasionally.[13]. Niall Ferguson; Niall Ferguson. Dec. 2, 2019 ... Pence denounced Beijing’s use of “political, economic and military tools, as well as propaganda, to advance its influence,” as a plausible starting point. Volume I. I think much the same could be said of many of the policies that we [in the US] now pursue. [46] The American writer Michael Lind, responding to Ferguson's advocation of an enlarged American military through conscription, accused Ferguson of engaging in apocalyptic alarmism about the possibility of a world without the United States as the dominant power and of a casual disregard for the value of human life. At some point the US is going to encounter this contradiction. I do think that it’s a good strategy to be more worldly in your youth and more pious in old age. As the world went into lockdown early in 2020, many of us without frontline jobs and lucky enough not to fall sick with Covid-19 found more time to read than usual. Blanning (ed.). "Das Haus Sachsen-Coburg und die europäische Politik des 19. "The European economy, 1815–1914" in T.C.W. In the 20th century too the empire more than justified its own existence. [132], Ferguson was an early skeptic of cryptocurrencies, famously dismissing his teenage son's recommendation to buy Bitcoin in 2014. The spring vacation arrived. [94], Jon Wilson, a professor of the Department of History at King’s College London, is the author of India Conquered, a 2016 book intended to rebut Ferguson's arguments in Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World, who catalogues the negative elements of the British Raj,[95] and describes the Empire TV program (2003) as "false and dangerous" [89] Wilson agrees with Ferguson's point that the British innovations brought to India, civil services, education, and railways, had beneficial side effects, but faults them for being done in a spirit of Self-interest rather than Altruism. But if the effect of that is to bring people in that country economic and political freedom, to raise their standard of living, to increase their life expectancy, then don't rule it out.[20]. Likewise, Ferguson has often attacked the work of the German historian Michael Stürmer, who argued that it was Germany's geographical situation in Central Europe that determined the course of German history. [52], In 1500 Europe's future imperial powers controlled 10% of the world's territories and generated just over 40% of its wealth. "[10], In 2018, Ferguson became naturalised as a US citizen. [38], In the first lecture, held at the London School of Economics, titled The Human Hive, Ferguson argues for greater openness from governments, saying they should publish accounts which clearly state all assets and liabilities. Niall Ferguson is a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford, and the Center for European Studies, Harvard. The Times would require an abject correction if something like that slipped through. Five Books aims to keep its book recommendations and interviews up to date. [104] Ferguson wrote that: Uncannily similar processes are destroying the European Union today...Let us be clear about what is happening. [113], Ferguson was highly critical of Britain's vote to leave the European Union, warning that "the economic consequences will be dire". But it can’t do it interminably. Read On the rise of Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump, Ferguson was quoted in early 2016: "If you bother to read some of the serious analysis of Trump's support, you realize that it's a very fragile thing and highly unlikely to deliver what he needs in the crucial first phase of the primaries ... By the time we get to March–April, it's all over. Jahrhunderts", in Rainer von Hessen (ed.). Carr adds that "Ferguson sees the recent establishment of a department of Islamic studies in his (Oxford college) as another symptom of 'the creeping Islamicization of a decadent Christendom'," and in a 2004 lecture at the American Enterprise Institute entitled 'The End of Europe? Read. I remember my father once left The Wealth of Nations on my bed, and said “read that”. 175–183 from, Wilson, Jon "Niall Ferguson's Imperial Passion" pages 175-183 from, Learn how and when to remove this template message, Paul H. 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