The square and the tower : networks, hierarchies and the struggle for global power / Niall Ferguson.
Publication year: 2017
Publisher: UK : Allen Lane, 2017.
ISBN: 9780241290460 (hbk.) :
Most history is hierarchical: it's about popes, presidents, and prime ministers. But what if that's simply because they create the historical archives? What if we are missing equally powerful but less visible networks - leaving them to the conspiracy theorists, with their dreams of all-powerful Illuminati? 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.
xxvii, 573 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm
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