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Niall Ferguson, one of the most compelling historical documentary presenters, is appearing live at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday, 22 May for an evening of thought-provoking discussion and debate.
Perhaps his most popular documentary series, Civilisation: Is the West History?, highlighted the incredible innovations of western civilisations and the fear we're losing touch with the best aspects of our culture. The series featured the concepts of competition, science, property, medicine, consumerism and work.
Watch Niall's TED talk summarising the documentary series:
A prolific author, Niall has challenged our preconceptions about history since presenting his first documentary series, Empire, exploring the legacy of the vast British exploration and colonisation.
Niall Ferguson (by Chatham House / CC BY 2.0 / Wikipedia)
In The Ascent of Money, he uncovered the influence of money in history's key events and the power of the stock market, insurance, speculation, money lending and privatisation over of societies. Watch Niall discuss the series at the RSA:
As an historian, Niall has been named one of the most influential people on earth for questioning our societies in areas where political correctness usually prevents examination. He's challenged our understanding of World War One, suggesting Britain erred in declaring war against German aggression. In The Pity of War: Explaining World War One, he presented ten misconceptions of the war and his contrarian view. These included the controversial idea that the danger of German aggression was exaggerated for political and economic motives.He concludes with the hypothetical history of German victory in continental Europe and a peace agreement with Britain.
Niall Ferguson (by Jamesfranklingresham / CC BY-SA 3.0 / Wikipedia)
While his counter-factual histories may challenge us, make us uncomfortable or angry, his motives – to discover the truth in our assumptions, strengthens our knowledge and improves our futures. Listen to a podcast of his 4 lectures at the 2012 BBC Reith Lecture series about The Rule of Law and its Enemies here: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00729d9/episodes/downloads
In Sydney, Niall will discuss the most controversial economic and geo-political issues affecting Australia in 2016. During this special evening, we'll search for solutions using his historical perspectives.
The special event begins at 7.30pm on Sunday, 22 May. Ticket prices start at $35 plus booking fee with discounts for Opera House Insider Members.