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Ferguson, Niall

Works: 179 works in 1,030 publications in 18 languages and 32,304 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Documentary television programs  Biographies  Nonfiction television programs  Television programs  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Film adaptations  Suspense fiction 
Roles: Author, Host, Narrator, Author of screenplay, Editor, Author of introduction, wri, Contributor, Other
Classifications: HG171, 332.49
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Most widely held works about Niall Ferguson
Most widely held works by Niall Ferguson
The ascent of money : a financial history of the world by Niall Ferguson( Book )

102 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in 14 languages and held by 4,152 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
Empire : the rise and demise of the British world order and the lessons for global power by Niall Ferguson( Book )

91 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 2,679 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 )

47 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 2,522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historian Fergusson provides 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 pity of war by Niall Ferguson( Book )

44 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 2,278 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
Colossus : the price of America's empire by Niall Ferguson( Book )

45 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 2,243 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
Civilization : the West and the rest by Niall Ferguson( Book )

44 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 2,191 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
The house of Rothschild by Niall Ferguson( Book )

66 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 1,845 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 cash nexus : money and power in the modern world, 1700-2000 by Niall Ferguson( Book )

46 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 1,502 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."--Jacket
The great degeneration : how institutions decay and economies die by Niall Ferguson( Book )

25 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,473 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
The ascent of money by Niall Ferguson( Visual )

31 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 1,363 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. From bullion to bubbles: This episode documents the roots of money and finance in the conquest of the Americas, from the Incan empire to the Louisiana territory. Bonds of war: This episode is on John Law and his Louisiana territory Ponzi scheme, how bond markets support warfare in Europe, and how globalization accelerates with the economic invasion of the Far East. Risky business: This episode examines the roots of the insurance industry in Europe; how disasters like Hurricane Katrina expose problems in risk management; how countries like Japan and Chile manage risk for their citizens; and the great rewards that can be accumulated through risk with hedge funds. Planet finance: This episode chronicles the spread of good -- and bad -- financial practices across the globe, the meteoric rise of the American real estate market, and the consequences of the subprime mortgage fiasco
Virtual history : alternatives and counterfactuals by Niall Ferguson( Book )

68 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,154 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
Kissinger. the idealist by Niall Ferguson( Book )

11 editions published in 2015 in English and Dutch and held by 791 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No American statesman has been as revered or as reviled as Henry Kissinger. Once hailed as "Super K"--The "indispensable man" whose advice has been sought by every president from Kennedy to Obama--he has also been hounded by conspiracy theorists for evidence of Machiavellian malfeasance. Yet as Niall Ferguson shows in this magisterial two-volume biography, drawing not only on Kissinger's hitherto closed private papers but also on documents from more than a hundred archives around the world, the idea of Kissinger as the ruthless arch-realist is based on a profound misunderstanding. The first half of Kissinger's life is usually skimmed over as a quintessential tale of American ascent: the Jewish refugee from Hitler's Germany who made it to the White House. But in this first of two volumes, Ferguson shows that what Kissinger achieved before his appointment as Richard Nixon's national security adviser was astonishing in its own right. This is the story of one of the most important strategic thinkers America has ever produced. It is also a political Bildungsroman, explaining how "Dr. Strangelove" ended up as consigliere to a politician he had always abhorred. The essential account of an extraordinary life, it recasts the Cold War world.--Adapted from book jacket
High financier : the lives and time of Siegmund Warburg by Niall Ferguson( Book )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 681 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
The shock of the global : the 1970s in perspective( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 471 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
The great degeneration [how institutions decay and economies die] by Niall Ferguson( Recording )

11 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 427 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 in The Great Degeneration, is that our institutions₇the intricate frameworks within which a society can flourish or fail--are degenerating
Paper and iron : Hamburg business and German politics in the era of inflation, 1897-1927 by Niall Ferguson( Book )

17 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and Chinese and held by 412 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
Civilization the West and the rest( Visual )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 390 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
The war of the world a new history of the 20th century by Niall Fergusson( Visual )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 388 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 World's War'"--Original container
Civilization the west and the rest by Niall Ferguson( Recording )

13 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From one of our most renowned historians, Civilization: The West and the Rest is the definitive history of Western civilization's rise to global dominance--and the "killer applications" that made this improbable ascent possible
Does the 21st century belong to China? : Kissinger and Zakaria vs. Ferguson and Li : the Munk debate on China by Henry Kissinger( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 122 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?
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The ascent of money : a financial history of the world
Alternative Names
Campbell Douglas Ferguson, Niall 1964-

Douglas Ferguson, Niall Campbell 1964-

Fergisn, Niyil 1964-

Fergjuson, N. 1964-

Ferguson, N. 1964-

Fugesen 1964-

Niall Ferguson britischer Historiker

Niall Ferguson Brits schrijver

Niall Ferguson storico, saggista e giornalista britannico

Niall Ferguson szkocki historyk

Niall, Niall Campbell Douglas

Νίαλ Φέργκιουσον

Ніл Фергюсон

Фергюсон, Ниалл

ניל פרגוסון

פרגוסון, ניל 1964-

نيل فرجسون، 1964-

نیل فرگوسن تاریخ‌نگار و نویسنده بریتانیایی

니얼 퍼거슨

퍼거슨, 니알 1964-

퍼거슨, 니얼 1964-

퍼거슨, 닐 1964-


ファーガソン, ニーアル

ファーガソン, ニーアル 1964-


弗格森 1964-

Empire : the rise and demise of the British world order and the lessons for global powerThe war of the world : twentieth-century conflict and the descent of the WestThe pity of warColossus : the price of America's empireCivilization : the West and the restThe house of RothschildThe cash nexus : money and power in the modern world, 1700-2000The ascent of money