Niall Ferguson on The Square and the Tower

From the Reformation to the Cold War, social networks played a role. Niall Ferguson speaks to Dave Musgrove about his new book revealing how hidden networks have helped shape history...

Niall Ferguson. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the November 2017 issue of BBC History Magazine.

Most of us think of ‘social networks’ as modern phenomena. Why did you want to examine the role they have played throughout history?

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