Popular Front: Is Niall Ferguson a ‘proper’ historian?

"Anyone seeking an academic with "impact" should look no further than Niall Ferguson. His books and television series about the British Empire, its American successor and the bloody 20th century have been hugely popular. Whether they irritate, inform or entertain, they have certainly got people talking about big historical questions - and their relevance to today's challenges. Yet they have also led to a good deal of criticism from other scholars, on the grounds that…