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The whole point about historians is that we are really communing with the dead. It’s very restful – because you read. There’s some sociopathic problem…
The real point of me isn’t that I’m good looking. It’s that I’m clever. I’ve got a brain! I would rather be called a highly…
The great thing about behavioural psychology and economics is that they help us to see that there are actually pretty good reasons why human beings…
Something that’s seldom appreciated about me is that I am in sympathy with a great deal of what Marx wrote, except that I’m on the…
The debate that I’m interested in having is with seriously smart people about how we design institutions in the 21st century that will genuinely address…
It’s not surprising so many people end up with credit-card debts. Saving for your retirement and buying a house are difficult things, and we don’t…
Risk models are a substitute for historical knowledge, because they tend to work with just three years’ worth of data. But three years is not…
Civilisation is partly about restraining the male of the species from engaging in the violence of the hunter-gatherer period. But it doesn’t take an awful…
As a financial historian, I was quite isolated in Oxford – British historians are supposed to write about kings – so the quality of intellectual…
When I first came to Oxford, I struggled to feel comfortable in an Anglican, public school-dominated institution.
What’s so seductive about the efficient markets hypothesis is that it applies nine years out of ten. A lot of the time it works. But…
Through pure accident of birth, I’ve managed to stay relatively youthful.
The rise of the West is, quite simply, the pre-eminent historical phenomenon of the second half of the second millennium after Christ.
President Obama’s biggest weakness is weakness.
Oral history is a recipe for complete misrepresentation because almost no one tells the truth, even when they intend to.
Only in England would ‘professor gets divorced and remarried’ be a story.
In general, I have felt more at home in the U.S. than I ever felt in England.
I’m over-industrious, so I don’t feel quite such a deviant in America as I did in England.
I would say I’m a 19th-century liberal, possibly even an 18th-century one.
I was never a very convincing social conservative, and always avoided associating myself with that part of the broader conservative movement.
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