The House of Rothschild: Volume 2: The World's Banker: 1849-1999

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Penguin, Sep 1, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 544 pages
A major work of economic, social and political history, Niall Ferguson's The House of Rothschild: The World's Banker 1849-1999 is the second volume of the acclaimed, landmark history of the legendary Rothschild banking dynasty.

Niall Ferguson's House of Rothschild: Money's Prophets 1798-1848 was hailed as a "great biography" by Time magazine and named one of the best books of the year by Business Week. Now, with all the depth, clarity and drama with which he traced their ascent, Ferguson - the first historian with access to the long-lost Rothschild family archives - concludes his myth-breaking portrait of once of the most fascinating and power families of all time.

From Crimea to World War II, wars repeatedly threatened the stability of the Rothschilds' worldwide empire. Despite these many global upheavals, theirs remained the biggest bank in the world up until the First World War, their interests extending far beyond the realm of finance. Yet the Rothschilds' failure to establish themselves successfully in the United States proved fateful, and as financial power shifted from London to New York after 1914, their power waned.

"A stupendous achievement, a triumph of historical research and imagination."Robert Skidelsky, The New York Review of Books

"Niall Ferguson's brilliant and altogether enthralling two-volume family saga proves that academic historians can still tell great stories that the rest of us want to read."The New York Times Book Review

"Superb ... An impressive ... account of the Rothschilds and their role in history."—Boston Globe

Niall Ferguson's new book The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook will be published in January 2018. 


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The fabulous history of a legendary family, reviled by many, lauded by many others, and fascinating to all, is told again, this time with encyclopedic exactitude. British scholar Ferguson (History ... Read full review

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The Orthodox and the Reformed
Lionel Stands
Parliament and Peers
A Real Triumph
Great Exhibitions and Crystal Palaces
Two Emperors
Churchill and Rosebery
Conservatism in France
The Barings Crisis
Staunch Monometallists
An Empire Underground
Rhodes and the Rothschilds
The Boer War

The Crédit Mobilier
The Gold Rush
Public Finance and the Crimean War
The CounterAttack
The Finances of Unification
From Turin to Zaragoza
Napoleon at Ferrières
The Roots of British Neutrality
The American Wars
The Financial Background
Privatisation and Diplomacy
A Meeting at Biarritz
The Road to Königgrätz
Silver Linings
Latin Illusions
The Isolution of AustriaHungary
The Economic Origins of the German Reich
The Russian Option
Bismarck at Ferrières
Soll und Haben
The Fourth Generation
Peers and Peerages
Another Eastern Question
From Investment to Invasion
From Gladstone to Disraeli
Politics in Bucks
Wars Not Fought
The FrancoRussian Entente
AngloGerman Amity
The Rationale of the Entente
The AngloRussian Antagonism
Too Much Lord Rothschild
Hatred Let Loose
The Fifth Generation
The Impact of War
The Balfour Declaration
The Doldrums
The Crash
The Flood
The N M Rothschild Group
ONE Charlottes Dream 18491858
TWO The Era of Mobility 18491858
THREE Nationalism and the Multinational 18591863
FOUR Blood and Silver 18631867
FIVE Bonds and Iron 18671870
SIX Reich Republic Rentes 18701873
SEVEN The Caucasian Royal Family
EIGHT Jewish Questions
NINE On the Side of Imperialism 18741885
TEN Party Politics
ELEVEN The Risks and Returns of Empire 18851902
TWELVE Finances and Alliances 18851906
THIRTEEN The MilitaryFinancial Complex 19061914
FOURTEEN Deluges 19151945

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Niall Ferguson is one of the world's most renowned historians. He is the author of Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschild, The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus, Empire, Colossus, The War of the World, The Ascent of Money, High Financier, Civilization, The Great Degeneration, Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, and The Square and the Tower. He is Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. His many awards include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012) and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013).

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