Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson

Professor Niall Ferguson is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is the author of several  books, including The Pity of War, The House of Rothschild, Empire, Civilization and Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, which won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Prize and The Square and the Tower, a New York Times bestseller. He is also an award-making filmmaker having won an international Emmy for his PBS series The Ascent of Money. In addition to writing a regular column for Bloomberg Opinion, he is the founder and managing director of Greenmantle LLC, an advisory firm.

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  1. Speakers Corner: X Questions with Niall Ferguson
    Speakers Corner: X Questions with Niall Ferguson

    Family Ticket: 2 adults, 3 children; Child Ticket: aged 5-15; Under 5: FREE

    In X Questions with... your favourite historians and authors will discuss ten questions submitted by the public. We would love you to submit a question for Niall Ferguson in advance via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. This event will be held at the Storage Works Speakers Corner tent.

    Outdoor Programme Event

    The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme.

    We have talks on the IPGL and History Hit Outdoor Stages, the Living History encampments and static displays, Speaker's Corner talks, performances from the History Tellers and others, live music, two bars, the Emporium, book shops and numerous cafes and food stalls. Anyone with an Outdoor Programme ticket can access up to twenty-five different scheduled events on any one day, so it is truly great value.

    For those wishing to experience The Trench, Sword School and Children's Creative History events, these are ticketed separately and need to be pre-booked. Rides on the Vintage Fairground are payable at the ride.

    Tickets to individual events in the Hiscox and Smith & Williamson tents also provide access to the Outdoor Programme on that particular day (1 person per ticket).


    Niall Ferguson is one of the most influential historians and political thinkers of our age. This talk will span the ancient world to the present, examining volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, famines, world wars, plagues and nuclear fallouts whilst drawing on an impressive array of disciplines from traditional historical approaches to network theory and epidemiology. He will challenge the distinction between natural and manmade disasters and point out that excess mortality is almost always the result of poor human decision-making while acknowledging the dilemma faced by political leaders in democracies when preparing for disasters. With election cycles of only 4-5 years, short-term sacrifices to avert potential catastrophes are hard to make. Against the background of the Covid-19 pandemic and war in Ukraine, this talk could hardly be more timely.

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