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Niall Campbell Douglas Ferguson (born 18 April 1964) is a British historian. He is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University. His books:

He is also a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, University of Oxford, a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and visiting professor at the New College of the Humanities. His speciality is international history, economic history, particularly hyperinflation and the bond markets, and British and American imperialism. He is known for his provocative, contrarian views.

Ferguson’s books include Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World, The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World and Civilization: The West and the Rest, all of which he has presented as Channel 4 television series.

In 2004, he was named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. Since 2011, he has been a contributing editor for Bloomberg Television and a columnist for Newsweek.

Ferguson was an advisor to John McCain’s U.S. presidential campaign in 2008, and announced his support for Mitt Romney in 2012 and has been a vocal critic of Barack Obama.

Ferguson was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on 18 April 1964. His father was a doctor and his mother a physics teacher. He attended The Glasgow Academy. He was brought up as, and remains, an atheist.

Ferguson cites his father as instilling in him a strong sense of self-discipline and of the moral value of work, while his mother encouraged his creative side. His journalist maternal grandfather encouraged him to write. Unable to decide on studying an English or a history degree at university, Ferguson cites his reading of War and Peace as persuading him towards history.

Ferguson received a Demyship (half-scholarship) at Magdalen College, Oxford. While there he became best friends with Andrew Sullivan, based on a shared affinity for right-wing politics and punk music. He had become a Thatcherite by 1982, identifying the position with “the Sex Pistols’ position in 1977: it was a rebellion against the stuffy corporatism of the 70s.” While at university “He was very much a Scot on the make…Niall was a witty, belligerent bloke who seemed to have come from an entirely different planet,” according to Simon Winder. Ferguson has stated that “I was surrounded by insufferable Etonians with fake Cockney accents who imagined themselves to be working-class heroes in solidarity with the striking miners. It wasn’t long before it became clear that the really funny and interesting people on campus were Thatcherites.”

He graduated with a first-class honours degree in history in 1985. He received his D.Phil from Magdalen College in 1989, and his dissertation was entitled “Business and Politics in the German Inflation: Hamburg 1914–1924”.

In 2007, Ferguson was appointed as an investment management consultant by GLG Partners, focusing on geopolitical risk as well as current structural issues in economic behaviour relating to investment decisions. GLG is a UK-based hedge fund management firm headed by Noam Gottesman.

Published in 2008, The Ascent of Money examines the long history of money, credit, and banking. In it he predicts a financial crisis as a result of the world economy and in particular the United States using too much credit. Specifically he cites the China–America dynamic which he refers to as Chimerica where an Asian “savings glut” helped create the subprime mortgage crisis with an influx of easy money.

Ferguson wrote two volumes about the prominent Rothschild family:

The House of Rothschild: Volume 1: Money’s Prophets: 1798–1848
The House of Rothschild: Volume 2: The World’s Banker: 1849–1999

The books won the Wadsworth Prize for Business History and were also short-listed for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Award and the American National Jewish Book Award.

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Frederick-Nrunk Kamara 13/09/2021 - 10:14 Sáng

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Foerdi94 13/09/2021 - 10:14 Sáng

Ferguson has simply disgraced himself by indulging in the most ridiculous argument against Keynes (You know he was gay and so he said: Well, fuck the long-run…). Such a thing should come from Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck and not from someone teaching history at college. I know it is a small point and he has excused for it but it would see it as a  Freudian slip: He is a right-winger that could not accept the reality when it disagrees with him.

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