The Cash Nexus: Economics And Politics From The Age Of Warfare Through The Age Of Welfare, 1700-2000

Front Cover
Basic Books, Feb 21, 2002 - Business & Economics - 576 pages
12 Reviews
Conventional wisdom has long claimed that economic change is the prime mover of political change, whether in the age of industry or Internet. But is it? Ferguson thinks it is high time we re-examined the link-the nexus, in Thomas Carlyle's phrase-between economics and politics. His central argument is that the conflicting impulses of sex, violence, and power are together more powerful than money. Among Ferguson's startling claims are: · Nothing has done more to transform the world economy than war, yet wars themselves do not have primarily economic causes. · The present age of economic globalization is coinciding-paradoxically-with political and military fragmentation. · Financial crises are frequently caused by unforeseen political events rather than economic fluctuations. · The relationship between prosperity and government popularity is largely illusory. · Since political and economic liberalization are not self-perpetuating, the so-called triumph of democracy worldwide may be short-lived. · A bold synthesis of political history and modern economic theory, Cash Nexus will transform the landscape of modern history and draw challenging conclusions about the prospects of both capitalism and democracy.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000

User Review  - Will - Goodreads

What you get: *Elementary insights into how the depth and breadth of capital markets can effect (substantially influence) geopolitical outcomes (victory vs. defeat). *An examination of who pays for ... Read full review

Review: The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000

User Review  - Drew - Goodreads

An interesting work that is a counterpoint to the Marxist argument that war is a result of finance or financial repression. The most interesting tenet of this work is that man is violent and has used finance to support his war mongering instead of the other way around. Read full review


The Rise and Fall of the Warfare State
Hateful Taxes

14 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2002)

Niall Ferguson is Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Jesus College, Oxford. He is the author of Paper and Iron, The House of Rothschilds, and The Pity of War ). He writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement, and lives in Oxford.

Bibliographic information