The Resource The square and the tower : networks, hierarchies and the struggle for global power, Niall Ferguson

The square and the tower : networks, hierarchies and the struggle for global power, Niall Ferguson

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The square and the tower : networks, hierarchies and the struggle for global power
Title
The square and the tower
Title remainder
networks, hierarchies and the struggle for global power
Statement of responsibility
Niall Ferguson
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Language
eng
Summary
"Most history is hierarchical: it's about popes, presidents, and prime ministers. But what if that's simply because hierarchies 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. Far from being novel, our era is the Second Networked Age, with the personal computer in the role of the printing press. Those looking forward to a utopia of interconnected 'netizens' may therefore be disappointed. For networks are prone to clustering, contagions, and even outages. And the conflicts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries already have unnerving parallels today, in the time of Facebook, Islamic State and Trumpworld."--
Summary
A reevaluation of history's turning points as collisions between old power hierarchies and new social networks explains how networks have always existed and have been responsible for key innovations and revolutionary ideas, from clustering and degrees of separation to contagions and phase transitions
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10616379
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Ferguson, Niall
Dewey number
302.309
Index
index present
LC call number
HM741
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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True
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  • Civilization
  • Power (Social sciences)
  • Social networks
Target audience
adult
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networks and power, from the Freemasons to Facebook
Label
The square and the tower : networks, hierarchies and the struggle for global power, Niall Ferguson
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http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=285&titleID=3562557
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier.
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
Control code
on1004974722
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780141984827
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
955741B9-944E-4EA3-A80B-EA6E4080986A
System control number
(OCoLC)1004974722
Label
The square and the tower : networks, hierarchies and the struggle for global power, Niall Ferguson
Link
http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=285&titleID=3562557
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
on1004974722
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780141984827
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
955741B9-944E-4EA3-A80B-EA6E4080986A
System control number
(OCoLC)1004974722

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