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Free download The Suare and the Tower Networks Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power Niall Ferguson ☆ 7 Characters Read » The Suare and the Tower Networks Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Most history is hierarchical it's about emperors presidents prime ministers and field marshals It's about states armies and corporations It's about orders from on high Even history from below is often about trade unions and workers' parties But what if that's simply because hierarchical institutions create the archives that historians rely on What if we are missing the informal less well documented social networks that are the true sources of power and drivers of changeThe 21st century has been hailed as the Age of Networks However in The Suare and the Tower Niall. Staggering political naivete a time when intellectual diversity is the form of diversity that seems to be least valued in universities cSome among my contemporaries pursued wealth few achieved it without at least a period of indentured servitude usually working for a bank cImitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery even when it is unconscious cTo call Weishaupt s thinking eclectic would be an understatement his designs for the Order also included elements from the ancient Greek Eleusinian mysteries and Zoroastrianism including use of the old Persian calendar Another source of inspiration was the Alumbrados a seventeenth century spiritual movement in Spain cWith the advent of Medici rule in 1434 Renaissance man was born a polymath engaged simultaneously in finance trade politics art and philosophy part businessman part politician part patriarch part intellectual aesthete cThough less well known than the Medici Benedetto Cotrugli is a perfect illustration of the ways that European networks were evolving in the Renaissance era ways that created a new cosmopolitan class of interconnected individuals Cotrugli s Book of the Art of Trade is it is tempting to suggest the fifteenth century euivalent of Donald Trump s Art of the Deal In many ways The Art of Trade was Cotrugli s attempt not just to raise the standard of business education but also to elevate the standing of business itself Though it is best known to scholars as the earliest work to describe the system of double entry book keeping than thirty years before Luca Pacioli s better known treatise De computis et scripturis 1494 The Art of Trade is most remarkable for the breadth of its subject matter Cotrugli offers much than just practical advice on accounting He offers an entire way of life This is not a dry textbook but an exhortation to his fellow merchants to aspire to be Renaissance businessmen cIn addition to promoting rigorous accounting Cotrugli was an early believer in diversification as a way of managing and reducing risk He imagines a Florentine merchant entering into various partnerships with merchants in Venice Rome and Avignon investing some of his capital in wool some in silk Having in a safe and orderly way put my hand to so many transactions he observes I will gain nothing but advantage from them because the left hand will help the right 6 And again You must never risk too much on a single throw by land or by sea however rich you may be at the most five hundred ducats a shipload or a thousand for a large galley 7 cCotrugli was a node in a burgeoning commercial network of credit and debt hence his condemnation of those that keep only one column of accounts that is how much is owing to themselves and not how much others are expecting from them whom he calls the worst type of merchant the basest and most iniuitous 8 A merchant writes Cotrugli should be the most universal of men and one that has the most to do than his fellows with different types of men and social classes my emphasis Conseuently everything a man might know may be helpful to a merchant including cosmography geography philosophy astrology theology and law In short The Book of the Art of Trade can also be read as a manifesto for a new society of networked polymaths cBy the end of the war a uarter of the British workforce was in uniform 18 per cent of the American workforce and 16 per cent of the Soviet workforce c How about saying no to trashy history 345 mln people of USSR Russia republics served in WW2 Total population of USSR in 1940 was 1941 mln 3451941 1777% One has to know that workforce is not 100% of the population and therefore was far lower than 1941 mln So the % of workforce in uniform is far higher than 16% the three level pyramidal structure of the Soviet planned economy c I d really love to know the source of this designation From what I know one can call it any number of level economy since the procedures were slightly different for different republics and at different times and for different parts of planning Ie planning milittary stuff and planning socks production were likely done via different proceduresThe twenty first century increasingly looks like the fulfilment of Jorge Luis Borges s short story The Library of Babel In it he imagines a library containing not only all the books ever written but all the books that ever could be written With an infinity of information at their disposal men swing swiftly from euphoria to madness Some are seized by a hygienic ascetic furore to eliminate useless works leading to the senseless perdition of millions of books Others seek the one book that is the formula and perfect compendium of all the rest or they seek the librarian who has read that book and is therefore analogous to a god In some parts of the vast library men prostrate themselves before books and kiss their pages in a barbarous manner but they do not know how to decipher a single letter In other parts epidemics heretical conflicts peregrinations which inevitably degenerate into banditry have decimated the population The twenty first century world often seems like a vast realization of Borges s vision c Love this description Pretty much what we gotOne of the few central bankers to appreciate the importance of this structural change was Andrew Haldane of the Bank of England who argued that a complex adaptive system had been created that tended to amplify cyclical fluctuations Haldane s insight drew on the work of John Holland and others on complex systems which unlike merely complicated systems have the tendency to change in unpredictable ways These emergent properties were the thing missing from the Fed economists model uite simply standard macroeconomics omitted network structure No one had uite noticed that the global financial network had become connected enough for distress to cascade rapidly from one institution to many but sparse enough for many institutions to be poorly diversified and inadeuately insured against the failure of a counterparty c Yep

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Free download The Suare and the Tower Networks Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power Niall Ferguson ☆ 7 Characters Read » The Suare and the Tower Networks Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ce from the founding fathers to Facebook The Suare and the Tower tells the story of the rise fall and rise of networks and shows how network theory concepts such as clustering degrees of separation weak ties contagions and phase transitions can transform our understanding of both the past and the presentJust as The Ascent of Money put Wall Street into historical perspective so The Suare and the Tower does the same for Silicon Valley And it offers a bold prediction about which hierarchies will withstand this latest wave of network disruption and which will be topple. I was approved for a copy for review via NetGalleySadly this was a DNF for me at 20% I am personally not the biggest fan of non fiction works and found some of the terminology difficult to understand I did like the use of diagrams though as this made the chapters look visual Sadly I lost interest and will not be finishing Wyrd Sisters into historical perspective so The Suare and the Tower does the same for Silicon Valley And Virgin Widow England's Forgotten ueen it offers a bold prediction about which hierarchies will withstand this latest wave of network disruption and which will be topple. I was approved for a copy for review via NetGalleySadly this was a DNF for me at 20% I am personally not the biggest fan of non fiction works and found some of the terminology difficult to understand I did like the use of diagrams though as this made the chapters look visual Sadly I lost On the Far Side of the Mountain Mountain Book 2 interest and will not be finishing

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Free download The Suare and the Tower Networks Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power Niall Ferguson ☆ 7 Characters Read » The Suare and the Tower Networks Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ferguson argues that networks have always been with us from the structure of the brain to the food chain from the family tree to freemasonry Throughout history hierarchies housed in high towers have claimed to rule but often real power has resided in the networks in the town suare below For it is networks that tend to innovate And it is through networks that revolutionary ideas can contagiously spread Just because conspiracy theorists like to fantasize about such networks doesn't mean they are not realFrom the cults of ancient Rome to the dynasties of the Renaissan. I am a big fan of Niall Ferguson s writing He has the gift of being able to explain a complex subject in a lively entertaining but intellectually responsible way perhaps nowhere so than in his wonderful 2008 book Money a financial history of the worldI therefore looked forward to reading The Suare and the Tower In fact I was biased toward it before I even opened it The fact that I can only give it three stars is an indication of my disappointment This book has a feeling of being rushed as if to fulfil a contractual deadline At times Ferguson appears to contradict what he has written elsewhere but without explaining the new evidence that has caused him to re think such as his account of the rise of the Rothschilds which seems very different to the account he gave in Money At other times he breathlessly introduces fascinating material which he eually breathlessly leaves hanging such as his comments about excessive White mortality rates in the US on page 363 in my edition But it is his sins of omission that particularly disappointed me Perhaps the best example of the rise and fall of a powerful political network in recent times has been the Afrikaner Broederbond which dominated South Africa for several decades Since the conseuences of the fall of apartheid are still with us I would have expected at least an entire chapter on this particular power network It isn t even mentioned


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    PDF READ The Suare and the Tower Networks Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power 35 stars for fuelling debateMore polemic than history Ferguson has certainly digested a huge amount of material and tries to re cast the entire history of mankind as a constant struggle between the power of hierarchies and networks This kind of systematic binary categorisation however tends to simplify his vision as his own narrativ

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    Free download The Suare and the Tower Networks Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power PDF READ The Suare and the Tower Networks Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power Characters ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ Niall Ferguson Staggering political naivete a time when intellectual diversity is the form of diversity that seems to be least valued in universities

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    PDF READ The Suare and the Tower Networks Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power This book by the always fascinating Niall Ferguson though his main product for sale is always himself analyzes capsule summaries of episodes from history in order to negatively contrast spontaneous networked action the “suare” with hierarchical control the “tower” Two theses flow from this one stated early on the other only explicitly presented at the end The first is that our networked age is not uniue; in fact it is the second suc

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    Free download The Suare and the Tower Networks Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power PDF READ The Suare and the Tower Networks Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power Niall Ferguson ☆ 7 Characters I am a big fan of Niall Ferguson's writing He has the gift of being able to explain a complex subject in a lively entertaining but intellectually responsible way perhaps nowhere so than in his wonderful 2008 book Money a financial history of the worldI therefore looked forward to reading The Suare and the Tower In fact I was biased toward it before I even opened it The fact that I can only give it three stars is an indication o

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    Free download The Suare and the Tower Networks Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power Niall Ferguson ☆ 7 Characters Characters ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ Niall Ferguson Niall Ferguson is the author of among other works a superb history of the British Empire I came to this book with high expectations and found it a huge disappointmentIts central thesis is meant to be that networks of people who may be in themselves regarded as unimportant have played key roles in history But much of the book is actu

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    PDF READ The Suare and the Tower Networks Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power I was approved for a copy for review via NetGalleySadly this was a DNF for me at 20% I am personally not the biggest fan of non fiction works and found some of the terminology difficult to understand I did like the use of diagrams though as this made the chapters look visual Sadly I lost interest and will not be finishing

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    Free download The Suare and the Tower Networks Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power Niall Ferguson ☆ 7 Characters PDF READ The Suare and the Tower Networks Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power The Suare and the Tower by Niall Ferguson Networks The Suare Tower Hierarchies interestingly Ferguson points out that networks historically thought of as the powerless unwashed masses did in fact disrupt Hierarchies throughout history on a regular basis for instance The French American and Russian revolutions to name a couple even Henry Kissinger the consummate professional powerless as an individual but then hired by the US Pre

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    PDF READ The Suare and the Tower Networks Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power This is a big book in many ways Niall Ferguson is a British historian who takes on complex issues In this book he attempts mostly successfully to describe the characteristics of networks and hierarchies He begins with a discussion of the Illuminati there is a lot of confusion about who the Illuminati were a small group of German intellectuals

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    Free download The Suare and the Tower Networks Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power PDF READ The Suare and the Tower Networks Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power Characters ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ Niall Ferguson Drawing on the best modern scholarship this book seeks to rescue the history of networks from the clutches of the conspiracy theorists and to show that historical change often can and should be understood in terms of precisely such network based challenges to hierarchical orders In both the Introduction to and the Afterword follo

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  • Hardcover
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  • The Suare and the Tower Networks Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power
  • Niall Ferguson
  • en
  • 19 March 2020
  • 9780735222915