Applied Perspective: A Conversation with Niall Ferguson

Context with Brad Harris | 7 March 2019 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with historian Niall Ferguson about his efforts to ensure that policymakers and the public better understand how to apply historical lessons to current issues. Discusses the changing politics of academia, the growing challenge of interpreting history productively, the problem of judging the past by the moral standards of the present, and more.

The Square and the Tower, by Niall Ferguson

Context with Brad Harris | 7 February 2018 | 0h 39m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Distils the ideas in The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power by Niall Ferguson. Through groundbreaking research, Ferguson reveals how social networks, from the Freemasons of the middle ages to Facebook in the 21st century, disrupt established hierarchies to divert the course of history, both for better and for worse. Draws lessons from history to apply to modern network disruptors.