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The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power

Speaker
Book Colloquium on Niall Ferguson's bestselling reconceptualization of the Networked Age
Event date
Event time
17:00
Venue
Wolfson College
Wolfson College
Linton Rd
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 6UD
Venue details

Seminar Room 3

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

A panel discussion of Niall Ferguson's bestelling book The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power.

The renowned historial Niall Ferguson asks: What if everything we thought we knew about history was wrong? What if our conception of history as hierarchical - that of popes, presidents, and prime ministers - is simply because they create the historical archives?

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. Once we understand this, both the past, and the future, start to look very different indeed.