Niall Ferguson on the Ascent of Money

An interesting talk by arch-Conservative historian Niall Ferguson on the history of finance. While Ferguson’s politics might not be to everybody’s tastes (witness his recent interview in the New Statesman) he is an increasingly influential public intellectual with a genuine talent for popularizing academic history: his Ascent of Money was popular as both documentary and best-selling book. He’s also found himself a surprising topic of tabloid interest. Given his ongoing links with the present Government it would be surely be a mistake to ignore the man.

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