History’s Hidden Networks
Networks are the key to history. The greatest innovators have been ‘superhubs’ of connections. The most powerful states, empires and companies have been those with the most densely networked structures. And the most transformative ideas – from the printing presses that launched the Reformation to the Freemasonry that inspired the American Revolution – have gone viral precisely because of the networks within which they spread. ‘When we understand these core insights of network science,’ says Ferguson, ‘the entire history of mankind looks quite different.’ Join us to discover a new kind of history and a new way of understanding how our future might unfold.
Business Empires: How Big Companies Rise and Fall
Globalization: Past, Present and Possible Futures
Those With Guns and Those Who Dig: The World Economy After the Crisis
The Ascent and Descent of Money: What Went Wrong with Western Finance?
Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of our financial system, from its genesis in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. What’s more, Ferguson reveals financial history as the essential backstory behind all history, arguing that the evolution of credit and debt was as important as any technological innovation in the rise of civilization. As Ferguson traces the crisis from ancient Egypt’s Memphis to today’s Chongqing, he offers bold and compelling new insights into the rise and fall of not just money but Western power as well.
Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement
Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service