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What if everything we thought we knew about history was wrong?

Started by Neuromancer911, Oct 27, 2017, 11:19:54 AM

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Neuromancer911

Penguin presents The Square and the Tower by Niall Ferguson.

What if everything we thought we knew about history was wrong? From the global best-selling author of Empire, The Ascent of Money and Civilization, this is a whole new way of looking at the world.

Most history is hierarchical: it's about popes, presidents, and prime ministers. But what if that's simply because they create the historical archives? What if we are missing equally powerful but less visible networks - leaving them to the conspiracy theorists, with their dreams of all-powerful Illuminati?

The 21st century has been hailed as the Networked Age. But in The Square and the Tower, Niall Ferguson argues that social networks are nothing new. From the printers and preachers who made the Reformation to the freemasons who led the American Revolution, it was the networkers who disrupted the old order of popes and kings. Far from being novel, our era is the Second Networked Age, with the computer in the role of the printing press. Those looking forward to a utopia of interconnected 'netizens' may therefore be disappointed. For networks are prone to clustering, contagions, and even outages. And the conflicts of the past already have unnerving parallels today, in the time of Facebook, Islamic State and Trumpworld.

Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution



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Al Bundy

Quote from: Neuromancer911 on Oct 27, 2017, 11:19:54 AM
Penguin presents The Square and the Tower by Niall Ferguson.

What if everything we thought we knew about history was wrong? From the global best-selling author of Empire, The Ascent of Money and Civilization, this is a whole new way of looking at the world.

Most history is hierarchical: it's about popes, presidents, and prime ministers. But what if that's simply because they create the historical archives? What if we are missing equally powerful but less visible networks - leaving them to the conspiracy theorists, with their dreams of all-powerful Illuminati?

The 21st century has been hailed as the Networked Age. But in The Square and the Tower, Niall Ferguson argues that social networks are nothing new. From the printers and preachers who made the Reformation to the freemasons who led the American Revolution, it was the networkers who disrupted the old order of popes and kings. Far from being novel, our era is the Second Networked Age, with the computer in the role of the printing press. Those looking forward to a utopia of interconnected 'netizens' may therefore be disappointed. For networks are prone to clustering, contagions, and even outages. And the conflicts of the past already have unnerving parallels today, in the time of Facebook, Islamic State and Trumpworld.

Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution



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I think your name of your thread is excessively.

although it says "so winners write history" it is not all so black as we believe in God and in his mind, a critical view of events from the past and the future.
NWO will not be able to do anything against it. There is no help from mass espionage, manipulation of MSM, censorship of the Internet, and even open military and ( secret ) police violence.



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WaylonK

Looks like an interesting read. I'll certainly pick it up since I've heard only good things about Niall Ferguson. Thanks for the suggestion.



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EvadingGrid

Quote from: WaylonK on Jan 15, 2018, 05:28:44 AM
Looks like an interesting read. I'll certainly pick it up since I've heard only good things about Niall Ferguson. Thanks for the suggestion.



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Welcome to the forum WaylonK !

Niall Ferguson has covered some interesting topics, but he is so establishment I'd treat him like a "hostile witness".
Access was granted to Niall Ferguson to read private papers, letters and such like by the Rottenchilds, Kissinger and other Shadow Govt types.

He did a few TV series, that I would imagine, should be fairly easy to find, on, say YouTube.



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Neuromancer911

I just found it interesting because he is a legitimate establishment historian.
If he was considered right, it would certainly be embarrassing for the "paranoid style" brigade.



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EvadingGrid

Quote from: Neuromancer911 on Jan 16, 2018, 05:31:45 AM
I just found it interesting because he is a legitimate establishment historian.
If he was considered right, it would certainly be embarrassing for the "paranoid style" brigade.



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I agree  8)

Think its worth mentioning, as not all our readers will have heard of Niall Ferguson

wikipedia-bio :
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niall_Ferguson

His TV shows are slick and professional here is the first example I found on YouTube, from his series Civilisation












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Al Bundy

No I watched on TV James Bond is Serb  ???













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Al Bundy

Tito and their Communists was masters of manipulation and forging the history. >:(
Even, they tricked Wikipedia.  :P ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrmian_Front )

1944/1945 in Srem, Serbia there is a Front. On other side was Germans and Ustashe who fight against Tito`s partizans with help of Soviet Army and Communist Bulgarian Army.
Lot of Serbian boy were killed. In April 1945. German-Croat coalition came to retreat. Why ? Because Soviet Army liberate Wien from
Nazis. Those retreat, Tito and his Communists announced that Partizans "broke the Front in Srem".  :o >:(


https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=390&v=pdaYCWES2r4














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