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Niall Ferguson On The Power Of Networks

featuring Niall Fergusonvia The Toronto Star
Friday, January 26, 2018

The influential British historian Niall Ferguson is the sort of polymath intellectual prone to painting historical narratives with broad-brush strokes. His new book, The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power from the Freemasons to Facebook, is an opus whose central thesis will appeal to millions of global “netizens” hard-wired to Facebook, Instagram and countless other social-media networks.

Condoleezza Rice
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On This Day In Alabama History: Condoleezza Rice Became Secretary Of State

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia Alabama Newscenter
Friday, January 26, 2018

Birmingham native Condoleezza Rice became the first African-American woman to hold the position of secretary of state. Rice – who served in the administration of President George H.W. Bush as a Soviet analyst and adviser on the National Security Council – was hired by George W. Bush to provide foreign policy advice during his presidential campaign and was appointed national security adviser after his election.

Analysis and Commentary

Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Her servants. Today Google has highlighted author Virginia Woolf, who was born 136 years ago today.


Niall Ferguson On The Square And The Tower: Networks And Power, From The Freemasons To Facebook.

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Eric Metaxas Show
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson breaks down the intricate concepts in his new book, The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook.

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Medieval Wisdom On When to Start Worrying About The Bond Market

quoting Paul Schmelzingvia Bloomberg
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Middle Ages could tell us whether we need to think about the rally's end. Or not.


High-Profile Guests, Informative Talks, And A Milestone-Building Dedication: Hoover Hosts Friends And Supporters At The 2017 Fall Retreat

Friday, January 26, 2018
David and Joan Traitel Building, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Hoover’s 2017 Fall Retreat—featuring one of the institution’s most distinguished guest speakers ever, the milestone dedication of the David and Joan Traitel Building, and a multi-day series of talks on restoring economic prosperity—was an extraordinary cap on a year of major accomplishments.

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Area 45: The State Of The Golden State

interview with David Cranevia Area 45
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Is California Dreaming Away Its Problems?


Niall Ferguson: Politics, Power And Networks

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Commonwealth Club
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson talks about is new book, The Square and the Tower, and Ferguson notes that networks of people, not individuals, are responsible for producing and promoting the great political, economic and philosophic ideas that have guided Western society from its humble origins to its present greatness.

Photographic portrait of the “Great and Generous Leader,” Joseph Stalin.
Analysis and Commentary

The Feats And Failures Of Hierarchical Power: Stalin, Xi Jinping, Macbeth

by Niall Fergusonvia Big Think (NY)
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses social networks and hierarchical power and notes that If you want to understand what a truly hierarchical political system looks like, just look at Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union.


Niall Ferguson Explores History Through The Lens Of Networks

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Forum with Michael Krasny (KQED)
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his new book The Square and the Tower, which lays out the rich history of networks from ancient Roman cults to alliances among the Renaissance Medicis to our current network of connectivity. Ferguson notes that social networks tout their ability to expose corruption and topple the powerful, but according to Ferguson social networks are disrupting democracy itself. 


Military History Working Group

The Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict examines how knowledge of past military operations can influence contemporary public policy decisions concerning current conflicts.