Festival talks by Niall Ferguson

11. THE SQUARE AND THE TOWER: NETWORKS, HIERARCHIES AND THE STRUGGLE FOR GLOBAL POWER

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THE ROTHERMERE FOUNDATION

Most history is hierarchical: it’s about emperors, presidents, prime ministers and field marshals. It’s about states, armies and corporations, trade unions and workers’ parties. But what if we are missing the informal, less well-documented social networks that are the true sources of power and drivers of change? Niall Ferguson will argue that hierarchies rule, but networks innovate. And it is through networks that revolutionary ideas can contagiously spread.

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