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The Square And The Tower : Networks, Hierarchies And The Struggle For Global Power - Niall Ferguson

The Square And The Tower

Networks, Hierarchies And The Struggle For Global Power

Paperback Published: 18th June 2018
ISBN: 9780141984810
Number Of Pages: 400

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The new bestseller that shows why everything we thought we knew about history was wrong.

Most history is hierarchical: it's about popes, presidents, and prime ministers. But what if that's simply because they create the historical archives? What if we are missing equally powerful but less visible networks - leaving them to the conspiracy theorists, with their dreams of all-powerful Illuminati?

The twenty-first century has been hailed as the Networked Age. But in The Square and the Tower Niall Ferguson argues that social networks are nothing new. From the printers and preachers who made the Reformation to the freemasons who led the American Revolution, it was the networkers who disrupted the old order of popes and kings. Far from being novel, our era is the Second Networked Age, with the computer in the role of the printing press. But networks have a dark side, prone to clustering, contagions, and even outages. And the conflicts of the past already have unnerving parallels today, in the time of Facebook, Islamic State and Trumpworld.

About the Author

Niall Ferguson is one of Britain's most renowned historians. He is a Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University, and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. The bestselling author of Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschild, The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus, Empire and Colossus, he also writes regularly for newspapers and magazines all over the world. Since 2003 he has written and presented three highly successful television documentary series for Channel Four: Empire, American Colossus and, most recently, The War of the World. He, his wife and three children divide their time between the United Kingdom and the United States.

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This book provides fascinating insights into how our contemporary world, on many levels, has echoes of the past. In particular, the book canvasses what important lessons for modern society can be drawn from the history of political and economic power through the ages. Fergusons's analysis of influential social, political, religious and economic networks over several centuries challenges the reader to reflect on how these influences, good and bad, have shaped the modern world.

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ISBN: 9780141984810
ISBN-10: 0141984813
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 18th June 2018
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1

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