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Ferguson, Niall

Overview
Works: 325 works in 984 publications in 2 languages and 30,482 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Film adaptations  Documentary television programs 
Roles: Host, Author of screenplay, Narrator, Editor, Author of introduction, wri, Contributor, Other
Classifications: HG171, 332.49
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Niall Ferguson
The ascent of money : a financial history of the world by Niall Ferguson ( Book )
49 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it's the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it's the chains of labor. But historian Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress. What's more, he reveals financial history as the essential backstory behind all history. Through Ferguson's expert lens, for example, the civilization of the Renaissance looks very different: a boom in the market for art and architecture made possible when Italian bankers adopted Arabic mathematics. The rise of the Dutch republic is reinterpreted as the triumph of the world's first modern bond market over insolvent Habsburg absolutism. Yet the central lesson of financial history is that, sooner or later, every bubble bursts.--From publisher description
The pity of war by Niall Ferguson ( Book )
36 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and Italian and held by 2,434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In The Pity of War, Niall Ferguson explodes the myths of 1914-18. He argues that the fatal conflict between Britain and Germany was far from inevitable. It was Britain's declaration of war that needlessly turned a continental conflict into a world war, and it was Britain's economic mismanagement and military inferiority that necessitated American involvement, forever altering the global balance of power." "Ferguson vividly brings back to life one of the seminal catastrophes of the century, not through a dry citation of chronological chapter and verse, but through a series of chapters that answer the key questions: Why did the war start? Why did it continue? And why did it stop? How did the Germans manage to kill more soldiers than they lost but still end up defeated in November 1918? Above all, why did men fight?"--Jacket
Civilization : the West and the rest by Niall Ferguson ( Book )
17 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A history of Western civilization's rise to global dominance offers insight into the development of such concepts as competition, modern medicine, and the work ethic, arguing that Western dominance is being lost to cultures who are more productively utilizing Western techniques
Colossus : the price of America's empire by Niall Ferguson ( Book )
34 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and Italian and held by 2,221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Argues that the United States is both economically and militarily the most powerful empire in history and will feel negative consequences as a result of imposing unrealistic timescales on interventions abroad
Empire : the rise and demise of the British world order and the lessons for global power by Niall Ferguson ( Book )
25 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 2,088 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this book Niall Ferguson argues that the British Empire should be regarded not merely as vanished Victoriana but as the very cradle of modernity. Nearly all the key features of the twenty-first-century world can be traced back to the extraordinary expansion of Britain's economy, population, and culture from the seventeenth century until the mid-twentieth--economic globalization, the communications revolution, the racial make-up of North America, the notion of humanitarianism, the nature of democracy. Ferguson shows that far from being a subject for nostalgia, the story of the Empire contains lessons for the world today--in particular for the United States as it stands on the brink of a new kind of imperial power based once again on economic and military supremacy
The war of the world : twentieth-century conflict and the descent of the West by Niall Ferguson ( Book )
14 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,996 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Historian Fergusson priovides a revolutionary reinterpretation of the modern era that resolves its central paradox: why unprecedented progress coincided with unprecedented violence, and why the seeming triumph of the West bore the seeds of its undoing. From the conflicts that presaged the First World War to the aftershocks of the Cold War, the twentieth century was by far the bloodiest in all of human history. How can we explain the astonishing scale and intensity of its violence when, thanks to the advances of science and economics, most people were better off than ever before? Wherever one looked, the world in 1900 offered the happy prospect of ever-greater interconnection. Why, then, did global progress descend into internecine war and genocide? Drawing on a pioneering combination of history, economics, and evolutionary theory, Ferguson examines what he calls the age of hatred and sets out to explain what went wrong with modernity. --From publisher description
The house of Rothschild by Niall Ferguson ( Book )
44 editions published between 1988 and 2000 in English and held by 1,692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Mythology surrounding the Rothschilds' wealth and power is two centuries old. Now the historical reality, long buried in the bank's archives, is revealed for the first time by Oxford historian and bestselling author Niall Ferguson in this definitive account of a legendary banking dynasty's rise to power
The ascent of money by Niall Ferguson ( Visual )
46 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 1,487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Based on professor Niall Ferguson's best-selling book "The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World" in which he predicted the current economic crisis delves into how the complex system of global finance evolved over the centuries, how money has shaped the course of human affairs and how the mechanics of this economic system work to create seemingly unlimited wealth--or catastrophic loss. By the beginning of the 21st century, the systems of credit, insurance, bond trading and stock markets had transcended all national boundaries to create a truly global economic system, opening the door to unprecedented growth, but also worldwide instability in the event of one nation's downturn. In an effort to establish more stability following the Great Depression, the U.S. government's New Deal created a "property owning Democracy," a system of federally backed savings and loans that allowed more people than ever before to buy homes by offering low interest rates and long-term mortgages. Rampant inflation in the 1970s, however, led the government to remove regulations on interest rates and opened the door to a massive scandal in the 1980s and one of the country's worst economic crises. The vulnerabilities of America's property-based economy would be felt again 20 years later, in the current economic crisis that has shaken the world. The crisis threatens "Chimerica," the symbiotic relationship between China and America in which China's vast savings from the manufacturing of cheap goods has been lent to America to fuel growth. But at what point will America's battered economy lead China to cut off its line of credit? And how might America respond? The answer, Ferguson suggests, may be found in the history of the ascent of money
The cash nexus : money and power in the modern world, 1700-2000 by Niall Ferguson ( Book )
23 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The cash nexus is the crucial point where money and power meet. But does money make the political world go round? Does the success of democracy depend on economic growth? Does victory always go to the richest of the great powers? Or are financial markets the true 'masters' of the modern world?" "With the analytical boldness and the grasp of dazzling detail for which he is now famous, Ferguson offers a fascinating account of the evolution of today's economic and political landscape, from 'sleaze' to the single currency. Far from being driven by iron economic laws, he argues, modern history is the product of unpredictable political conflicts; and it is their impact on volatile financial markets that can make or break an empire."--BOOK JACKET
The great degeneration : how institutions decay and economies die by Niall Ferguson ( Book )
14 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,092 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"What causes rich countries to lose their way? Symptoms of decline are all around us today: slowing growth, crushing debts, increasing inequality, aging populations, antisocial behavior. But what exactly has gone wrong? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues ... is that our institutions--the intricate frameworks within which a society can flourish or fail--are degenerating"--Dust cover flap
Virtual history : alternatives and counterfactuals by Niall Ferguson ( Book )
35 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and held by 962 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"What if there had been no American War of Independence? What if Hitler had invaded Britain? What if Kennedy had lived? What if Russia had won the Cold War? Niall Ferguson, author of the highly acclaimed The Pity of War, leads the charge in this historically rigorous series of separate voyages into 'imaginary time' and provides far-reaching answers to these intriguing questions.Ferguson's brilliant 90-page introduction doubles as a manifesto on the methodology of counter-factual history. His equally masterful afterword traces the likely historical ripples that would have proceeded from the maintenance of Stuart rule in England. This breathtaking narrative gives us a convincing, detailed 'alternative history' of the West -- from the accession of 'James III' in 1701, to a Nazi-occupied England, to a U.S. Prime Minister Kennedy who lives to complete his term." -- Publisher description
The ascent of money a financial history of the world by Niall Ferguson ( Recording )
14 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Niall Ferguson, professor of history at Harvard University, explores facts of ancient and historic world cultures to conclude that business and finance laid the groundwork for human advancement
High financier : the lives and time of Siegmund Warburg by Niall Ferguson ( Book )
12 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the life of Siegmund Warburg and recaptures the business methods and ethical code that set him apart from those in the financial world today
Does the 21st century belong to China? Kissinger and Zakaria vs. Ferguson and Li : the Munk debate on China ( )
3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On June 17, 2011, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and CNN's Fareed Zakaria squared off against leading historian Niall Ferguson and world-renowned Chinese economist David Daokui Li to debate the biggest geopolitical issue of our time: Does the 21st century belong to China?
Empire : how Britain made the modern world by Niall Ferguson ( Book )
27 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This was the first age of globalization. But it was, says Ferguson, globalization with gunboats. This text shows how the British wrested power from their rivals by a combination of imitation and intimidation. It shows how mass migration from Britain turned the American and Australian continents white - and how the missionary movement sought to enlighten the "dark" continents of Africa and Asia. Above all, "Empire" explains how the British Empire rose - and why it finally fell. Ferguson's answers are controversial but compelling
The war of the world : history's age of hatred by Niall Ferguson ( Book )
19 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The world at the beginning of the 20th century seemed for most of its inhabitants stable and relatively benign. Globalizing, booming economies married to technological breakthroughs seemed to promise a better world for most people. Instead, the 20th century proved to be overwhelmingly the most violent, frightening and brutalized in history with fanatical, often genocidal warfare engulfing most societies between the outbreak of the First World War and the end of the Cold War. What went wrong? How did we do this to ourselves? The War of the World comes up with compelling, fascinating answers. It is Niall Ferguson's masterpiece
The shock of the global : the 1970s in perspective ( Book )
9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"From the vantage point of the United States or Western Europe, the 1970s was a time of troubles: economic "stagflation," political scandal, and global turmoil. Yet from an international perspective it was a seminal decade, one that brought the reintegration of the world after the great divisions of the mid-twentieth century. It was the 1970s that introduced the world to the phenomenon of "globalization," as networks of interdependence bound peoples and societies in new and original ways." "The 1970s saw the breakdown of the postwar economic order and the advent of floating currencies and free capital movements. Non-state actors rose to prominence while the authority of the superpowers diminished. Transnational issues such as environmental protection, population control, and human rights attracted unprecedented attention. The decade transformed international politics, ending the era of bipolarity and launching two great revolutions that would have repercussions in the twenty-first century: the Iranian theocratic revolution and the Chinese market revolution." "The Shock of the Global examines the large-scale structural upheaval of the 1970s by transcending the standard frameworks of national borders and superpower relations. It reveals for the first time an international system in the throes of enduring transformations."--Jacket
Paper and iron : Hamburg business and German politics in the era of inflation, 1897-1927 by Niall Ferguson ( Book )
13 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Few economic events have had a more profound or enduring impact than the German hyperinflation of 1923, still remembered popularly as a root cause of Hitler's rise to power. Yet in recent years many historians have argued that inflationary policies were, on balance, advantageous to post-1918 Germany, both boosting growth and helping to reduce reparations. The scholarly consensus is that there was no viable alternative to inflation. In Paper and iron Niall Ferguson takes a different view. Focusing on the influential Hamburg business community, he exposes the flaws in the contemporary justifications for inflationary policies. The inflation, he argues, did severe damage to the German economy by eroding the foundations of bourgeois society and discrediting Weimar's welfare state. Above all, it did nothing whatever to reduce reparations. Alternative policies might in fact have stabilised the German currency in 1920. To explain why such policies were not adopted, the author points to long-term defects in the political economy of the Reich. He suggests that there was a thirty-year 'era of inflation' after 1897 in which the inadequacy of the Reich's fiscal and monetary institutions allowed economic interest groups to wield excessive power. This internal imbalance of power was reversed only in the 1930s. Thus Paper and iron reveals not only the Wilhelmine origins of Weimar's failure; it also casts new light upon the origins of the Third Reich
The war of the world a new history of the 20th century ( Visual )
6 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The film considers the unparalleled stretch of violence during the 20th century as a single, unrelenting 'war of the world' that began with Japan's invasion of Russia in 1904 and continued through the Korean War all the way to an ongoing 'Third Word's War'"--Container
Civilization the West and the rest ( Visual )
5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The West once ruled more than half the world. The religion it exported, Christianity, is still followed by a third of mankind. Above all, the way people live, or aspire to live, are unmistakably an invention of the West. All over the world, more and more humans eat a Western diet, wear Western clothes and live in Western housing. Niall Ferguson explains how by juxtaposing, we can uncover the keys, the six killer applications, of Western ascendancy
 
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Alternative Names
Campbell Douglas Ferguson, Niall 1964-
Douglas Ferguson, Niall Campbell 1964-
Fergjuson, N. 1964-
Ferguson, N. 1964-
Niall, Niall Campbell Douglas
نيل فرجسون، 1964-
ファーガソン, ニーアル
Languages
English (446)
Italian (2)
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