Skip to content

Niall Ferguson on Ukraine crisis' global dangers in the Financial Times

August 5, 2014

“War: In history’s shadow”

The Financial Times
August 1, 2014

Niall Ferguson, Lawrence A Tisch Professor of History &
Faculty member of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard

Excerpt from the Article
A century has passed since the guns of August 1914 ended the era of European predominance with a deafening bang. Could such a catastrophe recur in our time?

The sequence of events since the Malaysian jet MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine is remarkably similar to the one that followed the assassination of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in June 1914. Now, as then, the crisis begins with an act of state-sponsored terrorism. Now, as then, Russia sides with the troublemakers. Even the request by the Dutch government for access to the site where so many of their nationals perished is reminiscent of the Austrian ultimatum to Serbia. Now, as then, ownership of a seemingly unimportant region of eastern Europe is disputed.

For Academic Citation:
Ferguson, Niall. “War: In history’s shadow.” Financial Times, August 1, 2014

Read full article on