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Niall Campbell Douglas Ferguson (born April 18, 1964, in Glasgow) is a British historian who specialises in financial and economic history as well as the history of colonialism. He is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and the William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He was educated at the private Glasgow Academy in Scotland, and at Magdalen College, Oxford.

He is best known outside academia for his revisionist views rehabilitating imperialism and colonialism; within academia, his championing of counterfactual history is a subject of some considerable controversy. In 2008, Ferguson published The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World which he also presented as a Channel 4 television series. At Harvard College, Ferguson teaches a popular undergraduate class entitled "Western Ascendancy: The Mainsprings of Global Power from 1600 to the Present."

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