The War Of The World
The War of the World is a six part documentary series challenging the history of the 20th Century.
The historian Niall Ferguson presents his argument that in the last century there were not only two World Wars and a Cold War - but a single Hundred Years War.
In the first episode he poses the question: What made the 20th century the most violent in history?
He argues that in 1900 the world was dominated by multi-national and multi-racial empires that eventually exploded into the First World War.
This in turn fuelled racial tensions that were exploited by terrible nation states which were pre-occupied by national and racial purity. It was the beginning of the age of genocide. Niall Ferguson is Laurence A Tisch, Professor of History at Harvard University, a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
The series accompanies Professor Ferguson's book, The War of the World: History's Age of Hatred. He has written many best-sellers including The House of Rothschild, The Pity of War and The Cash Nexus.
He also regularly contributes to newspapers and magazines worldwide and his previous books Empire and American Colossus have also been accompanied by documentary series.
Niall Campbell Douglas Ferguson (born April 18, 1964, in Glasgow) is a British historian who specialises in financial and economic history as well as the history of colonialism. He is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University as well as William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and also currently the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at the London School of Economics. He was educated at the private Glasgow Academy in Scotland, and at Magdalen College, Oxford.
The Times Higher Education noted his "pugnacious undergraduate life and debating style". In 2008, Ferguson published The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World which he also presented as a Channel 4 television series. At Harvard College, Ferguson teaches an undergraduate class entitled "Western Ascendancy: The Mainsprings of Global Power from 1600 to the Present."In 2003, former United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger provided Ferguson with access to his White House diaries, letters, and archives for what Ferguson calls a "warts-and-all biography" of the man.
The War of the World, published in 2006, had been ten years in the making and is a comprehensive analysis of the savagery of the 20th century. Ferguson shows how a combination of economic volatility, decaying empires, psychopathic dictators, and racially/ethnically motivated (and institutionalized) violence resulted in the wars, and the genocides of what he calls "History's Age of Hatred". The New York Times Book Review named War of the World one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year in 2006, while the International Herald Tribune called it "one of the most intriguing attempts by an historian to explain man's inhumanity to man". Ferguson addresses the paradox that, though the 20th century was "so bloody", it was also "a time of unparalleled [economic] progress". As with his earlier work Empire, War of the World was accompanied by a Channel 4 television series presented by Ferguson.Rothschilds
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 Awardhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niall_Ferguson