Civilization: The West & the Rest
Western civilization’s rise to global dominance is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five centuries. How did the West overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of Western power now passed? Acclaimed historian Niall Ferguson argues that beginning in the fifteenth century, the West developed six powerful new concepts, or “killer applications”—competition, science, the rule of law, modern medicine, consumerism, and the work ethic—that the Rest lacked, allowing it to surge past all other competitors.
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of our financial system, from its genesis in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. What’s more, Ferguson reveals financial history as the essential backstory behind all history, arguing that the evolution of credit and debt was as important as any technological innovation in the rise of civilization. As Ferguson traces the crisis from ancient Egypt’s Memphis to today’s Chongqing, he offers bold and compelling new insights into the rise? and fall of not just money but Western power as well.
Also among his numerous speech topics:
Political Risk and the Global Business Environment
Globalization: Past, Present and Possible Futures
Is the United States an Empire? Should it be?
Are Capitalism and Democracy Bound to Win?
High Liquidity and Low Volatility in Historical Perspective
To Have and Have Not: Commodities in the Long Run
Business Empires: How Big Companies Rise and Fall
Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement
Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service