For the past two years, China and the United States have locked horns in a trade war that has inevitably buffeted the world’s economy. Historian Niall Ferguson shared his insights on China-US relationships in a recent interview conducted in Hong Kong.
Niall Ferguson teaches history and business at Harvard, Stanford and Oxford universities. His theories have made him a sometimes-controversial commentator. A prolific writer, he has focused on history, wars, the economy, and more. His bestsellers include “The Ascent of Money” and “Civilisation: The West and the Rest”. Both were turned into award-wining television shows. Last week, I sat down with him to talk about China-U.S. relations.
Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard, where he served for twelve years as the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.
He is the author of fourteen books including:
- Paper and Iron: Hamburg Business and German Politics in the Era of Inflation 1897-1927 (short-listed for the History Today Book of the Year award)
- Virtual History: Alternatives and Counterfactuals (UK bestseller)
- The Pity of War: Explaining World War One
- The World’s Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild (awarded Wadsworth Prize for Business History and short-listed for the Jewish Quarterly/Wingate Literary Award and the American National Jewish Book Award)
- The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000
- Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and Lessons for the Global Power (Britain and US bestseller)
- Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire.
- The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West (a television adaptation of which was screened by PBS in 2007)
- The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World (International bestseller turned into award-winning PBS series)
- Civilization: The West and the Rest (also a Channel 4/PBS documentary series)
- The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die (New York Times bestseller within a week of its publication)
An accomplished biographer, Ferguson published “High Financier: The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg” in 2010 and is currently writing a life of Henry Kissinger, the first volume of which was published in 2015—to critical acclaim—as “Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist”. The book won the 2016 Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award. In 2011 his film company Chimerica Media released its first feature-length documentary, “Kissinger”, which won the New York Film Festival’s prize for Best Documentary.
Ferguson was the Philippe Roman Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics in 2010-11. He is a member of the board of trustees of the New York Historical Society. His many prizes and awards include the GetAbstract International Book Award (2009), the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012), the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013), the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize (2013), and the Philip Merrill Award of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education (2016). He has received honorary degrees from the University of Buckingham (UK), Macquarie University (Australia), and the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Chile).
In addition to writing a weekly column for the Sunday Times (London) and the Boston Globe, he is the founder and managing director of Greenmantle LLC, a Cambridge-based advisory firm. He also serves on the board of Affiliated Managers Group and is a trustee of the New York Historical Society and the London-based Centre for Policy Studies.
In 2004, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Niall‘s speaking topics:
- Those With Guns and Those Who Dig: The World Economy After the Crisis
- The Ascent and Descent of Money: What Went Wrong with Western Finance?
- Rebuilding Capitalism after the Global Financial Crisis
- Globalization: Past, Present and Possible Futures
- Political Risk and the Global Business Environment
- Business Empires: How Big Companies Rise and Fall
- Is This the Chinese Century?