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Niall Ferguson's "The Square And The Tower"

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, January 25, 2018

A historical overview of networks and power, from the Freemasons to Facebook.

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Niall Ferguson: Politics, Power And Networks

featuring Niall Fergusonvia Commonwealth Club
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

From his views of Islam in the West to his assertion that the United States should once again become a colonial power, conservative historian Niall Ferguson has never shied away from challenging established views or offering provocative opinions.

In the News

Niall Ferguson: Politics, Power And Networks

featuring Niall Fergusonvia Commonwealth Club
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

From his views of Islam in the West to his assertion that the United States should once again become a colonial power, conservative historian Niall Ferguson has never shied away from challenging established views or offering provocative opinions.

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Network Concerns

by Mark Moyarfeaturing Niall Fergusonvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The publication this month of Niall Ferguson’s new book The Square and the Tower has illuminated both the power of networks and the human tendency to overstate the power of networks. For longer than one might expect, tech enthusiasts, corporate executives, social scientists, and military theorists have proclaimed that networks will revolutionize some, if not all, aspects of human existence, generally for the better. As Ferguson’s book explains in devastating detail, their lofty visions have been repeatedly confounded by reality.

Analysis and Commentary

Japan’s Modern History: A Very British Affair

by Michael R. Auslinvia Times Literary Supplement (UK)
Friday, January 12, 2018

150 years ago this month, a group of mid-ranking samurai propelled Japan and Asia into the modern age. When these young warriors took over the Imperial Palace on the morning of January 3, 1868, they did so to “restore” imperial rule by the young Emperor Meiji. They were a disparate group of radicals and reformers, modernizers and xenophobes.

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Papers Of Communist Poland’s Ambassador To The USSR Received

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Selected papers of Jan Ptasiński (1921–2015), career Polish communist security officer, party functionary, and diplomat, have been added to the holdings of the Hoover Archives.  The papers pertain to Ptasiński’s tenure as ambassador to Moscow during 1968−71.

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Policy Seminar with Doug Holtz-Eakin

Friday, January 19, 2018
Annenberg Conference Room, Lou Henry Hoover Building

Doug Holtz-Eakin, President of the American Action Forum, presented a "Policy Analysis in the Trump Policy Agenda.” Doug Holtz-Eakin first gave a rundown of the current situation in Washington, then moved to issues where outside thinking could help.

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From Sparta to Saddam

by Barry Strauss via Hoover Digest
Friday, January 26, 2018

Nations that abandon diplomacy enter a realm of violence and confusion.

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No Shortage of Quagmires

by Williamson Murrayvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 26, 2018

Seizing the military initiative can lead to success, as history confirms, but only if the party that seizes the initiative is fully prepared to exploit it. Few are. 

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Population Power

by Timothy Kanevia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 26, 2018
Ever since America began, immigration has meant strength.

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