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Paper Money in the Late Qing and Early Republic, 1820-1935

by Matthew Lowensteinvia Analysis
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

State and civil institutions were both crucial for the integrity of Chinese private paper money from the Qing into the early Republic. The state did not actively support paper notes, but nonetheless upheld a legal regime that honored the sanctity of contracts. For their part, business associations acted as gatekeepers, allowing only financially sound firms to issue notes. These privately issued notes thus circulated through the rural marketing system, stitching together neighboring agrarian and commercial economies far better than unwieldy copper coins.

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Strategy and Biosecurity: An Applied History Perspective

by Daniel J. Sargentvia Hoover History Working Group
Monday, February 22, 2021

This paper develops an applied historical perspective on infectious disease as a dilemma for US national security policy, beginning with an abbreviated global history of biosecurity before moving into the history of recent U.S. national security policy since the 1930s.

Dollars, Digital Currency, And 120 Years Of Chinese Central Banking

by Manny Rincon-Cruzvia Analysis
Monday, December 7, 2020

Over 120 years of Chinese central banking history suggests that China’s central banks and adjacent financial institutions have served primarily as instruments of the state’s development agenda—though that agenda was defined and redefined by the Qing, Nationalist, and Communist regimes. In light of this history, China’s digital currency is bound to be yet another solution to the long-standing Chinese elite agenda of “development politics” and resisting foreign domination. Yes, DCEP will be used to sanction dissidents and allow the CCP to evade US sanctions. 

Contagion, Borders, And Scale: Lessons From Network Science And History

with Manny Rincon-Cruzvia Fellow Talks
Thursday, June 25, 2020

A History Working Group seminar with Manny Rincon-Cruz.

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Escape From Pandemics: Triumph Of Delusion?

Thursday, June 11, 2020
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

A History Working Group seminar with Kyle Harper.

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Escape from Pandemics: Triumph of Delusion?

interview with Kyle Harpervia Hoover Podcasts
Thursday, June 11, 2020

A History Working Group seminar with Kyle Harper.

The Darkside of Our Drone Future: Lessons from History

with James Rogersvia Fellow Talks
Thursday, June 4, 2020

A History Working Group seminar with James Rogers.

The Darkside of Our Drone Future: Lessons from History

Thursday, June 4, 2020
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

A History Working Group seminar with James Rogers.

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Dragon Kings and Grey Rhinos: The World War of 1914-1918 and the Pandemic of 2020-? with Niall Ferguson

Thursday, May 7, 2020
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

A History Working Group seminar with Niall Ferguson.

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In this groundbreaking new series hosted by Niall Ferguson and based on his bestselling book The Square and the Tower, Ferguson visits network theorists, social scientists and data analysts to explore the history of social networks. From the Reformation and 17th century witch-hunting, through the American Revolution and to the nightmare visions of Orwell’s 1984, Ferguson explores the intersection of social media, technology and the spread of cultural movements. Reviewing classic experiments and cutting-edge research, Ferguson demonstrates how human behavior, disruptive technology and profit can energize ideas and communication, ultimately changing the world.

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Milbank Family Senior Fellow
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Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia
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Senior Fellow / National Fellow 2010–11
Deputy Director/ Director of Library & Archives | Research Fellow

Paper Money in the Late Qing and Early Republic, 1820-1935

Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

A History Working Group seminar with Matthew Lowenstein.

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Analysis and Commentary

Book Talk: Hitler’s American Gamble

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The Hoover Institution hosts Book Talk: Hitler’s American Gamble on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 11 am PDT.

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Analysis and Commentary

Ways And Means: Lincoln And His Cabinet, And The Financing Of The Civil War

Friday, March 18, 2022
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

A History Working Group seminar with Roger Lowenstein.

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Analysis and CommentaryRelated Commentary

Historical Conversations: Russia Vs. Ukraine

Friday, March 4, 2022
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

A History Working Group seminar with Mary Sarotte and Chris Miller. Moderated by Niall Ferguson.

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Analysis and Commentary

How To Tackle A Fifty-Year-Old Myth? Kennedy, Lodge, And The Diem Coup

Friday, January 21, 2022
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

A History Working Group seminar with Luke A. Nichter.

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Slave Prices in New York and New Jersey

Friday, December 3, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

A History Working Group seminar with Michael Douma.

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Not One Inch: America, Russia, And The Making Of Post-Cold War Stalemate

Friday, November 12, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

A History Working Group seminar with Mary Sarotte.

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The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton

Monday, October 25, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

A History Working Group seminar with Andrew Porwancher.

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Analysis and Commentary

Why Did Things Go Astray In Afghanistan?

Friday, October 8, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

A History Working Group seminar with Carter Malkasian.

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Analysis and Commentary

Explaining The Turning Point Of The First World War: The Road Less Traveled

Monday, June 14, 2021
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

A History Working Group seminar with Philip Zelikow.

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The Hoover Institution was founded on the idea that historical study is the indispensable foundation for the study of war, peace and revolution, as well as for the preservation of a free society: that is why it was, from the outset, an institution with an archive of historical manuscripts and publications.  However, historians in the United States have increasingly recoiled from addressing contemporary issues, while policymakers are rarely trained as historians. This means that policy is often formulated with too little reference to historical experience on issues ranging from financial instability to technological disruption, from Islamic terrorism to mass migration—and most recently the threat of pandemic disease.

The Hoover History Working Group (HHWG) aims to conduct and disseminate historical research on issues of national and international concern; provide concrete recommendations on the basis of research and discussion; and use Hoover's unique situation to convene academic experts, policy makers, and interested private sector actors both at Stanford and in Washington, DC.

Under the leadership of Senior Fellow Niall Ferguson and Executive Director Manuel Rincon-Cruz, the History Working Group was launched in fall 2019.