In 2006, he set up Chimerica Media Ltd.,[28] a London based television production company. He has credited his family for instilling within him a love for writing and critical thought. ", "Historian Niall Ferguson named 2012 BBC Reith Lecturer", "Viewpoint: Why the young should welcome austerity", "Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World", "False and dangerous: Revisionist TV history of Britain's empire is an attempt to justify the new imperial order", "A Review of: Colossus by Prof Niall Ferguson", "Colossus by Niall Ferguson: An empire in deep denial", "Niall Ferguson and the Brain Dead American Right", "Niall Ferguson finds the future in the past", "500 Years of GDP: A Tale of Two Countries", "Ideas man America's greatest modern diplomat was also one of its great thinkers", "Niall Ferguson's 'Kissinger. "[58] The title refers to a transition from hierarchical, "tower" networks to flatter, "square" network connections between individuals. Collingwood’s other key point was that historical knowledge is connected to the present, and it’s good to be present minded – which of course was the very opposite of the philosophy of the time. 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. According to Ferguson, Britain should have stayed out of World War I and allowed Imperial Germany to smash France and Russia and create a continental empire from the Atlantic to the Middle East. "Prisoner taking and prisoner killing in the age of total war", in George Kassemiris (ed.). I’m working on that myself. "Max Warburg and German politics: The limits of financial power in Wilhelmine Germany", in Geoff Eley and James Retallack (eds.). 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. [112], Ferguson was an attendee of the 2012 Bilderberg Group meeting, where he was a speaker on economic policy. My own approach to the philosophy of history owes a great debt to each of these authors. ", Ferguson research and conclusions have resulted in controversy, particularly from people who hold left-wing politics.[20]. We publish at least two new interviews per week. One of Keynes’s points often missed by the vulgar Keynesians of our time is that you have to have a relatively closed economy for the stimulus to work. [10][11] He attended The Glasgow Academy. It invested immense sums in developing a global network of modern communications. Fellow travellers—the leftists who line up with the Muslim Brotherhood to castigate Israel at every opportunity. In the summer on 1989, while travelling in Berlin, he wrote an article for a British newspaper with the provisional headline "The Berlin Wall is Crumbling", but it was not published.[33]. Collingwood was a very eclectic thinker. The joke is on Ferguson's American conservative admirers, inasmuch as he laments the defeat of the Kaiser's Germany because it accelerated the replacement of the British Empire by the United States of America and the eclipse of the City of London by Wall Street. [24][25] Ferguson responded in his column[26] saying, "Re-reading my emails now, I am struck by their juvenile, jocular tone. I use the term “vulgar Keynesian” deliberately, because I think Keynes would be rather appalled at the way his name is used these days to justify policies that are reckless. Also, what made 20th century Europe a dangerous place was that there were empires in decline. [2] Previously, he was a professor at Harvard University and New York University, visiting professor at New College of the Humanities and senior research fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. [124] The essay title ('Krugtron the Invincible') originally comes from a post by Noah Smith. His name was Hokusai and he published The Great Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa-oki nami-ura) at some point between 1829 and 1833. Did Senegal ultimately benefit from French rule? Niall Campbell Ferguson (/ˈniːl/; born 18 April 1964)[1] is a Scottish-American historian and the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. "Public debt as a post-war problem: The German experience after 1918 in comparative perspective" in Mark Roseman (ed.). The sudden change to a slower gear also left more room to reflect on the state of the world and our place as humans in it. The spring vacation arrived. But if the second volume of 'Kissinger' is anywhere near as comprehensive, well written and riveting as the first, this will be his masterpiece. "Academics and the Press", in Stephen Glover (ed.). "[142], Ferguson married journalist Sue Douglas in 1994 after meeting in 1987 when she was his editor at The Sunday Times. In 2011, he set up Greenmantle LLC, an advisory business specializing in macroeconomics and geopolitics. 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. I think the notion that the solution to a property price crash or structural unemployment is simply one of even larger deficit than we’ve already seen – which in the US has been almost 10% of GDP for three years in a row – is not something that Keynes would have approved of. Next is the autobiography of R. G. Collingwood, the philosopher of history, once called “the best known neglected thinker of our time”. If the Yongle emperor had lived longer, or Zheng He had been able to carry on oceanic voyages, perhaps Chinese history would have taken a different direction. Five Books participates in the Amazon Associate program and earns money from qualifying purchases. As its wealth has grown, so its military prowess has shrunk, along with its self-belief. By Niall Ferguson. Part of the reason why we had deficits in the first place is that tolerance of deficits had come into Western economics through vulgar Keynesians. I fear that, one day, we shall wake with a start to discover that the Islamists have repeated the Bolshevik achievement, which was to acquire the resources and capability to threaten our existence. by RG Collingwood Ferguson has received honorary degrees from the University of Buckingham, Macquarie University (Australia) and Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Chile). [104], Ferguson wrote the mass influx of refugees into Europe from Syria was a modern version of the Völkerwanderung when the Huns burst out of Asia and invaded Europe, causing millions of the Germanic peoples to flee into the presumed safety of the Roman Empire, smashing their way in as the Romans attempted unsuccessfully to stop the Germans from entering the empire. He has published 15 books, the latest of which is The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power (Allen Lane, 2017). The Square and the Tower raises the question of just how much the unruly world should be governed – and by whom. [29] GLG is a UK-based hedge fund management firm headed by Noam Gottesman. In 400 pages you will have restocked your mind. 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Niall Ferguson is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford, and the managing director of Greenmantle. Smith also looked at ways in which the state, by intervening, can make matters worse. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Oxford in 1989: his dissertation was titled "Business and Politics in the German Inflation: Hamburg 1914–1924".[17]. He wrote, "Man, with his unrivaled neural network, was born to network. In 1989, Ferguson worked as a research fellow at Christ's College, Cambridge. "How (not) to pay for the war: Traditional finance and total war" in Roger Chickering and Stig Förster (eds.). The Last Days of Mankind During a 2018 debate, Ferguson asserted that he is not anti-immigration or opposed to Muslims, but felt that sections of Europe's political and intellectual classes had failed to predict the cultural and political consequences of large scale migration. … 'The Square and the Tower' is always readable, intelligent, original. No amount of fiscal stimulus will get some people into work, if there is a mismatch between their skills and the skills that are required. The world is neither progressing nor regressing; only the actions of individuals determine whether we will live in a better or worse world. 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. Thus, for Ferguson, there are no paths in history that will determine how things will work out. He has a great line about historians seeing the tiger in the long grass. [53] Ferguson argues that in the coming years will see a steady decline of the West and China and the rest of the Asian nations will be the rising powers. I do think that it’s a good strategy to be more worldly in your youth and more pious in old age. For Kraus, Austria-Hungary was “the experimental laboratory for the end of the world”. Incompetent liberals—the proponents of multiculturalism who brand any opponent of jihad an “Islamophobe”. In 1998, Ferguson published The Pity of War: Explaining World War One, which with the help of research assistants he was able to write in just five months. “No amount of fiscal stimulus will get some people into work, if there is a mismatch between their skills and the skills that are required.”. Clueless bankers—the sort who fall over themselves to offer “sharia-compliant” loans and bonds. A US administration led by president-elect Joe Biden will be more sensitive to the needs of allies such as Australia, according to Niall Ferguson. I think much the same could be said of many of the policies that we [in the US] now pursue. “My philosophy of history is that it’s all about the absence of regular, predictable cycles of history.”. [18] In 2016 Ferguson left Harvard[19] to become a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he had been an adjunct fellow since 2005. The point about Civilisation, and my philosophy of history, is that it’s all about the absence of regular, predictable cycles of history. [137] In 2012, he described the Eurozone as a "disaster waiting to happen. I’ve long revered Keynes’s intellect. 5 A Tract on Monetary Reform [9], Ferguson was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on 18 April 1964 to James Campbell Ferguson, a doctor, and Molly Archibald Hamilton, a physics teacher. In the first week of 2017, The New York Times ran 136 stories in which the word ‘network’ appeared. In the lecture, Ferguson says young voters should be more supportive of government austerity measures if they do not wish to pay further down the line for the profligacy of the baby boomer generation.[39]. 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The Economist wrote in a review about The Idealist: "Mr Ferguson, a British historian also at Harvard, has in the past sometimes produced work that is rushed and uneven. [100], Matthew Carr wrote in Race & Class that "Niall Ferguson, the conservative English [sic] historian and enthusiastic advocate of a new American empire, has also embraced the Eurabian idea in a widely reproduced article entitled 'Eurabia? "[133] In February 2019, Ferguson became an advisor for digital asset protocol firm Ampleforth Protocol, saying he was attracted by the firm's plan to "reinvent money in a way that protects individual freedom and to create a payments system that treats everyone equally. 1923–1968: The Idealist, "Conversation with Niall Ferguson: Being a Historian", "Civilisation: The West and the Rest by Niall Ferguson: review", "Review Niall Ferguson, Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power (New York: Basic Books, 2003), 384 pp", "Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and Its Lessons for Global Power, Review", "Letters: The British empire and deaths in Kenya", "This attempt to rehabilitate empire is a recipe for conflict", "Niall Ferguson threatens to sue over accusation of racism", "India Conquered | Book by Jon Wilson | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster UK", "Jon Wilson: The job of a historian is to be diagnostic", http://www.niallferguson.com/journalism/history/we-let-lenin-rise-millions-died.-now-its-islamism, https://twitter.com/nfergus/status/973638691108290561, "The Specter of Donald Trump Is Haunting Davos", "Trump pitches, Clinton swings. [114] Later, after backing the Remain campaign during the referendum, Ferguson changed his mind and came out in support of Britain's exit from the EU. [110] Ferguson argued that a quintumvirate of Trump, Putin, Xi, May and Le Pen was the world's best hope for peace and prosperity. The upper bound of how much it can borrow is reached when interest payments are at more than, say, a quarter of all tax revenues, and that can happen even if interest rates stay reasonably low. [79] Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm had praised Ferguson as an excellent historian, but criticised him as a "nostalgist for empire". Read And without its empire, it is inconceivable that Britain could have withstood them. Ferguson was an advisor to John McCain's U.S. presidential campaign in 2008, supported Mitt Romney in his 2012 campaign and was a vocal critic of Barack Obama.[31][32]. What happened to Northern Rock [in 2007] happened to the Ayr bank [in Scotland in 1772]. Oh dear, we're back in a 1980s student union debate. "[121] Ferguson denied that he had misrepresented the facts in an online rebuttal. "[82], Writing in The New York Review of Books, Robert Skidelsky praised Ferguson:[83] "Taken together, Ferguson's two volumes are a stupendous achievement, a triumph of historical research and imagination. And so, although his treatment of the British Empire in this book was recommended to me by someone whose opinion I would trust, I approached it with some caution. Yes, it's clear. Still, I think it’s a good question to ask. He was a senior research fellow at Jesus College, Oxford and is a visiting professor at the New College of the Humanities. [14] His journalist maternal grandfather encouraged him to write. "[117][118][119], In 2012, Jonathan Portes, the director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, said that subsequent events had shown Ferguson to be wrong: "As we all know, since then both the US and UK have had deficits running at historically extremely high levels, and long-term interest rates at historic lows: as Krugman has repeatedly pointed out, the (IS-LM) textbook has been spot on. Ferguson writes and lectures on international history, economic and financial history and British and American imperialism. The first lecture was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service on Tuesday, 19 June 2012. Niall Ferguson is a béte noire of liberals, having garnered a reputation for conservative, right-wing, even odious views. Why these five books? [15], Ferguson studied as a Hanseatic Scholar in Hamburg and Berlin in 1987 and 1988. To me, the historical process brings more to mind the life cycle of a human being, in which you can have dramatic discontinuities triggered by really quite small events. It’s a tremendously modern work in the way that it represents the relationship between the media and warfare. It’s a tremendously profound reflection on history and historical method. But come it will. "The German inter-war economy: Political choice versus economic determinism" in Mary Fulbrook (ed.). In 2007, Ferguson was appointed as an investment management consultant by GLG Partners, to advise on geopolitical risk as well as current structural issues in economic behaviour relating to investment decisions. "[136], In 2011, Ferguson predicted that Grexit (the notion of Greece leaving the Euro currency) was unlikely to happen, but that Britain would leave the European Union in the near future as it would be easier for Britain to leave the EU owing to the fact it was not part of the Eurozone and that returning to a national currency would be harder for countries who had signed up to a single currency. It spread and enforced the rule of law over vast areas. "That's because I'm a vendetta person. I was entirely riveted by Kraus’s central theme, which is that the First World War could to some extent be understood as a media-driven event. In 2017, Ferguson opined that the West had insufficiently heeded the rise of militant Islam and its global consequences in the same way it failed to predict that the rise of Lenin would lead to the further spread of communism and conflict around the world[105]: Ask yourself how effectively we in the West have responded to the rise of militant Islam since the Iranian Revolution unleashed its Shi’ite variant and since 9/11 revealed the even more aggressive character of Sunni Islamism. [109] Trump was elected president and the Republican Party retained control of both the Senate and House of Representatives. At some point the US is going to encounter this contradiction. In 2004, Ferguson was named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. [36], The books were widely acclaimed by some historians,[78] although they did receive some criticism. See all books authored by Niall Ferguson, including The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, and Civilization: The West and the Rest, and more on ThriftBooks.com. He also stated that Ferguson is a "poseur" who "hasn't bothered to understand the basics, relying on snide comments and surface cleverness to convey the impression of wisdom. In an interview with The Guardian, Ferguson spoke about his love for Ali, whom, he writes in the preface, "understands better than anyone I know what Western civilisation really means – and what it still has to offer the world".[20]. [143], In February 2010, news media reported that Ferguson had separated from Douglas and started dating former Dutch MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali. I fear we have done no better than our grandfathers did. Will Newsweek? [54], Kissinger The Idealist, Volume I, published in September 2015, is the first part of a planned two-part biography of Henry Kissinger based on his private papers. He then became a fellow and tutor in modern history at Jesus College, Oxford, where in 2000 he was named a professor of political and financial history. [93] Ferguson demanded an apology and threatened to sue Mishra on charges of libel due to allegations of racism. Five Books aims to keep its book recommendations and interviews up to date. As somebody who grew up in west Scotland, I was raised to revere him, and he was a big influence during my childhood. So if you read it closely it’s not a naive apology for unregulated markets, but he’s quite keenly aware of the problems of financial regulation. Let’s turn our eye to history and politics. [104] Ferguson wrote that: Uncannily similar processes are destroying the European Union today...Let us be clear about what is happening. 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. He is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. [51], Published in 2011, Civilization: The West and the Rest examines what Ferguson calls the most "interesting question" of our day: "Why, beginning around 1500, did a few small polities on the western end of the Eurasian landmass come to dominate the rest of the world?" [116], Krugman argued that Ferguson's view is "resurrecting 75-year old fallacies" and full of "basic errors". It's all very well for us to sit here in the West with our high incomes and cushy lives, and say it's immoral to violate the sovereignty of another state. by Adam Smith The Wealth of Nations is of course the holy doctrine of free markets. Every year since 2013 the Russian Book Prize run by Pushkin House, a UK charity, has carried out the important task  of drawing attention to books that "encourage public understanding and intelligent debate about the Russian-speaking world." Ferguson research and conclusions have resulted in controversy, particularly from people who hold left-wing politics. by Karl Kraus Read. "[55] In a negative review of The Idealist, the American journalist Michael O'Donnell questioned Ferguson's interpretation of Kissinger's actions leading up to Nixon's election as President. So, as a historian, I have been strongly influenced at various junctures in my life by them all. [52], In 1500 Europe's future imperial powers controlled 10% of the world's territories and generated just over 40% of its wealth. By 2017, he had changed his mind on Bitcoin's utility, saying it had established itself as a form of "digital gold: a store of value for wealthy investors, especially those located in countries with weak rule of law and high political risk. Each of these books made an important contribution to the philosophy of history, as well as to the fields that they are generally more associated with. [14], In an interview, Ferguson described his relationship with the left: "No, they love being provoked by me! Moreover, Ferguson denied that the origins of National Socialism could be traced back to Imperial Germany; instead Ferguson asserted the origins of Nazism could only be traced back to the First World War and its aftermath. It examines the rule of law in comparative terms, asking how far the common law's claims to superiority over other systems are credible, and whether we are living through a time of 'creeping legal degeneration' in the English-speaking world. [53] Ferguson argued the rowdy and savage competition between European merchants created far more wealth than did the static and ordered society of Qing China. [7], Ferguson has written and presented numerous television documentary series, including The Ascent of Money, which won an International Emmy award for Best Documentary in 2009. And, as any good work of history should do, it constantly prompts us to ask questions about our own age, when once again we have embarked on the grand experiment of a world economy without a world government. 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. In his 2001 book, The Cash Nexus, which he wrote following a year as Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England,[36] Ferguson argues that the popular saying, "money makes the world go 'round", is wrong; instead he presented a case for human actions in history motivated by far more than just economic concerns. Read 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. 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