Niall Ferguson on London

London’s Last Waltz
Newsweek/The Daily Beast
May 21, 2012
Commentary by: Niall Ferguson, member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors
Topic: London 

“Those planning to come to London for the Olympics should read Joseph Roth’s Radetzky March. For London today resembles nowhere more closely than fin-de-siècle Vienna—in good ways, but also in bad.

A hundred years ago, the seemingly immortal Emperor Franz Josef was approaching his 82nd birthday. This year Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, meaning that she has reigned since 1952. A sprightly 86, she has acquired precisely the same air of immortality as the old Habsburg Emperor (to whom she is no doubt distantly related).”

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