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Bush and Blair
7.18.03
Politics and Economy:
Is America an Empire?
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NOW looks at this question with guests Niall Ferguson and Simon Schama.

Niall Ferguson
Niall Ferguson
NIALL FERGUSON is Herzog Professor of Financial History at the Stern School of Business, New York University, and Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University. He is the author of PAPER AND IRON, THE CASH NEXUS, THE PITY OF WAR, VIRTUAL HISTORY, and the award-winning HOUSE OF ROTHSCHILD. He writes regularly for THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT and THE NEW YORK TIMES and is a prolific commentator on contemporary politics. He lives in New York City and Oxford, England.

In EMPIRE: THE RISE AND DEMISE OF THE BRITISH WORLD ORDER AND THE LESSONS FOR GLOBAL POWER, Niall Ferguson explains why it is so important for America in the 21st century to learn the lessons of the British worldwide experience. The two major reasons why Britain's experiences are relevant to the U.S. today are that the U.S. was itself a product of British imperial expansion, and that the U.S. is now as dominant in the world as the British Empire was in its heyday. According to Ferguson, therefore, America is doubly the heir to Britain — at once its offspring and its successor. It's very likely that the British past offers the key to the American future.

  • Read about and listen to Niall Ferguson's interview with BBC4 THE TALK SHOW.
  • Niall Ferguson speaks about the American Empire with THE GUARDIAN.
  • Simon Schama
    Simon Schama
    Simon Schama is one of the most widely read historians of our time, a global best seller, and a noted art and literary critic. Among those best sellers are his two volumes on the HISTORY OF BRITAIN — his native land. The third volume was published in December of 2002.

    He is also the writer and narrator of many highly-regarded TV films, on topics including Western art, Rembrandt, landscape, and a fifteen-part series on the history of Britain.

    From 1995-1998, he was art critic and cultural essayist for THE NEW YORKER magazine. Simon Schama is University Professor of History and Art History at Columbia University.

    Books by Simon Schama

    • CITIZENS: A CHRONICLE OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION
    • DEAD CERTAINTIES
    • THE EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES: AN INTERPRETATION OF DUTCH CULTURE IN THE GOLDEN AGE
    • A HISTORY OF BRITAIN : AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, 3500 B.C.-1603 A.D
    • A HISTORY OF BRITAIN, VOLUME II: THE WARS OF THE BRITISH 1603-1776
    • A HISTORY OF BRITAIN: THE FATE OF EMPIRE 1776-2002
    • PATRIOTS AND LIBERATORS, winner of the Wolfson Prize for History.
    • REMBRANDT'S EYES

    More by and about Simon Schama

  • "The Dead and the Guilty," THE GUARDIAN
  • Historical Works
  • HISTORY OF BRITAIN Television Series
  • Review of REMBRANDT'S EYES

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