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Renowned Historian Niall Ferguson to Teach a Course “China and the World: A Historic Perspective” at Tsinghua SEM
Jul 13, 2020
From 5 to 15 May, 2016, Niall Ferguson, renowned historian, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management (Tsinghua SEM), will teach a 2-credit course “China and the World-A Historic Perspective” at Tsinghua SEM. The course is open to both undergraduate and graduate students in Tsinghua University.

On November 3, 2014, Professor Niall Ferguson delivered a public lecture on “World Disorder: Contemporary Geopolitical Challenges in Historical Perspective” at Tsinghua SEM

Ferguson’s Tsinghua course will be composed of eight themes: The Great Divergence, Contact: Fernão Peres de Andrade and the Zhengde Emperor, 1517, Chinese Jesus: The Taiping Rebellion, “The Chinese Must Go!”: California, 1882, The Wilsonian Moment, The Korean War: MacArthur and China, Nixon in China and “Chimerica”: China, the United States and the Financial Crisis. This course is designed to give students some historical perspectives on China’s relations with the rest of the world through important events and figures.

On November 3, 2014, Professor Ferguson was appointed as the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Tsinghua SEM and he delivered two public lectures on the themes of “World Disorder: Contemporary Geopolitical Challenges in Historical Perspective” and “The ‘Great Divergence’ Revisited: Institutions and Growth since 1400”. The lectures drew a huge crowd of Tsinghua’s students and faculty members, with only standing room available in the classroom.

Apart from Ferguson’s appointment of Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, he is also a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He had taught at Cambridge University, Oxford University, Stern School of Business at New York University, Harvard Business School, and London School of Economics. He graduated with a first-class honors degree in history in 1985 and received his D.Phil. in 1989, both from Magdalen College, Oxford University.

Professor Ferguson is a renowned historian in financial history, economic history, business history and world history. He has already published fourteen books, including Paper and Iron: Hamburg Business and German Politics in the Era of Inflation 1897-1927, Virtual History: Alternatives and Counterfactuals, The Pity of War: Explaining World War One, The World’s Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild, and The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000.

Professor Ferguson is a regular contributor to television and radio on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2004, due to the success of Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire, he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He is also an accomplished biographer. In addition to the history of the Rothschild family, he also wrote the biography of Henry Kissinger. In 2011, his film company Chimerica Media released its first feature-length documentary, “Kissinger”, which won the New York International Film Festival’s prize for Best Documentary. Moreover, he is a prolific commentator on contemporary politics and economics, and writes regularly for newspapers and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic.


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