Of networks, hierarchies and conspiracies, or how a historic neoconservative bestseller is made

Authors

  • Antonio Viñao Frago Universidad de Murcia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5944/hme.13.2021.28462

Keywords:

social networks, conspiratorial theories, hierarchies, neoconservative historiography

Abstract

This critical essay is an extensive commentary-analysis of the work of historian Niall Ferguson entitled The Square and the Tower. Networks and Power from the Freemasons to Facebook translated and published in Spanish in 2018. The book is located, according to its author, on an intermediate  path between dominant historiography, which has tended to underestimate the importance of networks, and conspiracy theorists, who usually exaggerate it. Its central purpose is to highlight the relevance that social networks have had and have in historical events and processes. The analysis carried out here is intended to unravel how this work is a good example, from the United States neoconservative field, of making a historic bestseller at the service of that ideology.

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Author Biography

Antonio Viñao Frago, Universidad de Murcia

Profesor honorario. Departamento de Teoría e Historia de la Educación

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Published

2020-12-14

How to Cite

Viñao Frago, A. (2020). Of networks, hierarchies and conspiracies, or how a historic neoconservative bestseller is made. Historia Y Memoria De La Educación, (13), 699–724. https://doi.org/10.5944/hme.13.2021.28462