The War of the World

  • Episode 1

    Controversial historian Niall Ferguson argues that the last century was one of continual worldwide conflict, caused by empires engaged in ethnic conflict

  • Episode 2

    Professor Niall Ferguson examines how the Wall Street Crash of 1929 shattered the American dream, bringing on the Great Depression.

  • Episode 3

    In 1942, the the 20th Century teetered on a knife-edge. It was the year when the whole world map appeared to have been redrawn by the Axis powers.

  • Episode 4

    Controversial historian Niall Ferguson examines the period 1943 to 1945, when the Allies were forced to make terrible compromises to defeat fanatical enemies.

  • Episode 5

    Professor Niall Ferguson remembers the Cold War as a nuclear-powered peace that came terrifyingly close to falling apart.

  • Episode 6

    In the final programme, Professor Niall Ferguson assesses whether the nations of the 21st century will be able to avert the outbreak of a cataclysmic global war.