Niall Ferguson





Niall Ferguson


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in Glasgow, Scotland, The United Kingdom
April 18, 1964

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Niall Ferguson 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
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[image error] Why the EU's fall is more likely than the euro's
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CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts — European politics has become a giant Jenga game. Since June 2010 governments have fallen in the Netherlands, Slovakia, Belgium, Ireland, Finland, Portugal, Slovenia, Greece and Italy. ...

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The Ascent of Money: A Fina...

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Civilization: The West and ...

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Empire: How Britain Made th...

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The War of the World: Twent...

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The Pity of War: Explaining...

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The Great Degeneration: How...

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The House of Rothschild, Vo...

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The Cash Nexus: Money and P...

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“So much of liberalism in its classical sense is taken for granted in the west today and even disrespected. We take freedom for granted, and because of this we don't understand how incredibly vulnerable it is.”
Niall Ferguson

“If the financial system has a defect, it is that it reflects and magnifies what we human beings are like. Money amplifies our tendency to overreact, to swing from exuberance when things are going well to deep depression when they go wrong. Booms and busts are products, at root, of our emotional volatility.”
Niall Ferguson

“The ascent of money has been essential to the ascent of man.”
Niall Ferguson, The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

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