Niall Ferguson: The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

Conversations With History: The Ascent of Money

Niall Ferguson; Laurance A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard Univerity, William Ziegler Professor, Harvard Business School

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Harvard historian Niall Ferguson for a discussion of his new book, "The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World." Drawing on insights from the biological sciences, Ferguson describes the rise and evolution of finance focusing on insurance, banks, and the bond market. Using the examples of housing and the U.S. China economic relationship, Ferguson demonstrates the way history can inform our understanding of the current financial crisis. He also reflects on the implications of the financial crisis for American global hegemony.

Key Words: Historians, Money, International Economy
Niall Ferguson
Publication date: 
October 21, 2008
Publication type: 
Conversations with History