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Niall Ferguson: The Square and the Tower (Ticket Only)

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Blackwell's is delighted to announce Niall Ferguson will be appearing on Thursday 5th October to discuss his latest publication 'The Square and the Tower'.

The Square and the Tower

What if everything we thought we knew about history was wrong? From the global bestselling 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 twenty-first 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 is one of Britain's most renowned historians. He is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, a Senior Research Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

This event will be taking place at the Newman Rooms in Oxford, located opposite Christ Church College on St Aldates. Doors will open at 6:30pm, with seats being allocated on a first come first seated basis.

Tickets cost £8 entry only. This event page is for ticket only entry, if you would like to purchase our ticket and book bundle offer which offers a saving, please click here. Ticket and book bundles cost £30. Alternatively, you can also purchase our entry for two and a copy of the book at £35 here.

For all enquiries, please email us on events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or contact our Customer Service Department on 01865 333623.

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