What were the Vikings really like? What did the Romans accomplish? And do the singular achievements of the ancient Greeks live on in us today? The Ascent of Civilisations questions the myths and unravels age-old clichés about these ancient cultures. It examines their strange and sometimes amusing idiosyncrasies, gives fresh insights into who they really were, and provides a novel take on their societies, peppered with surprising new revelations. This is a new look at the Ancients that will change our perception of them.

The Ascent of Civilisations - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2015-08-14

The Ascent of Civilisations - Niall Ferguson - Netflix

Niall Campbell Ferguson (; born 18 April 1964) is a conservative British historian and political commentator. He was a senior research fellow at Jesus College, Oxford and is a visiting professor at the New College of the Humanities. He is also a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Before Stanford, he was the Laurence Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University. Ferguson writes and speaks about international history, economic and financial history, and British and American imperialism. He is known for his contrarian views, like his defence of British empire , which has been considered “audacious”, “wrong”, “ignorant”, “informative”, “ambitious” and “troubling”. He once called himself “a fully paid-up member of the neo-imperialist gang”. He has been a contributing editor for Bloomberg Television and a columnist for Newsweek. Ferguson was an advisor to John McCain's U.S. presidential campaign in 2008, supported Mitt Romney in 2012 and has been a vocal critic of Barack Obama. Ferguson received the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism in 2013. In 2018 he resigned from a Stanford program, Cardinal Conversations, after leaked emails proved that he had conspired with members of the Stanford College Republicans to dig up “dirt on a progressive undergraduate”, in order to force him out of the program.

The Ascent of Civilisations - War of the World - Netflix

In War of the World, published in 2006, Ferguson argued that combination of economic volatility, decaying empires, psychopathic dictators, racially/ethnically motivated and institutionalised violence resulted in the wars and the genocides of what he calls “History's Age of Hatred”. The New York Times Book Review named War of the World one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year in 2006, while the International Herald Tribune called it “one of the most intriguing attempts by an historian to explain man's inhumanity to man”. Ferguson addresses the paradox that, though the 20th century was “so bloody”, it was also “a time of unparalleled [economic] progress”. As with his earlier work Empire, War of the World was accompanied by a Channel 4 television series presented by Ferguson.

The Ascent of Civilisations - References - Netflix