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THE DELUGE:
The Great War and the Remaking of Global Order

Adam Tooze

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by Adam Tooze

(London: Allen Lane, 2014)
Hardcover: 672 pages
ISBN: 9781846140341
Price: AUD$59.95

 

Book description

In the depths of the Great War, with millions of dead and no imaginable end to the conflict, societies around the world began to buckle. As the cataclysmic battles continued, a new global order — was being born.

Adam Tooze’s panoramic new book tells a radical, new story of the struggle for global mastery, from the battles of the Western Front in 1916 to the Great Depression of the 1930s.

The war shook the foundations of political and economic order across Eurasia. Empires that had lasted since the Middle Ages collapsed into ruins. New nations sprang up. Strikes, street-fighting and revolution convulsed much of the world.

And beneath the surface turmoil, the war set in motion a deeper and more lasting shift, a transformation that continues to shape the present day: 1916 was the year when world affairs began to revolve around the United States.

America was both a uniquely powerful global force — a force that was forward-looking, the focus of hope, money and ideas — and at the same time elusive, unpredictable and in fundamental respects unwilling to confront these unwished for responsibilities.

Tooze shows how the fate of effectively the whole of civilization — the British Empire, the future of peace in Europe, the survival of the Weimar Republic, both the Russian and Chinese revolutions and stability in the Pacific — now came to revolve around this new power's fraught relationship with a shockingly changed world.

The Deluge is both a brilliantly illuminating exploration of the past and an essential history for the present.

 

About the author

Adam Tooze (born in 1967) is a British historian and was reader in modern European economic history at the University of Cambridge. After graduating in economics from Cambridge, Tooze studied at the Free University of Berlin before moving to the London School of Economics for a doctorate in economic history. In 2002, he was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for Modern History. He is currently best known for his economic study of the Third Reich, The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy (2006), which was one of the winners of the Wolfson History Prize for 2006. He is currently a professor of history at Yale University and heads its International Security Studies unit.

 

Endorsements for The Deluge

“Tooze’s book is an invaluable account of why the U.S. and its allies, having defeated Germany in 1918, were unable thereafter to stabilise the world economy and build a collective security system.” — Tony Barber, Financial Times (UK), May 30, 2014.

“[A] frequently compelling work… The Deluge contains some surprising revelations and is bound to be of interest to specialists and non-specialists alike.” — Robert Gellately, Times Higher Education (UK), June 5, 2014.

“What Adam Tooze has done – a huge, formidable achievement – is to reconstruct a vast global web, and to show how the slightest vibrations on its threads had consequences everywhere, almost regardless of individual fears and hates or venomous ideologies. The breadth of his scholarship also frighteningly illuminates the fragility of peace.” — Sinclair McKay, The Telegraph (UK), June 14, 2014.

“Adam Tooze’s The Deluge [is] undoubtedly the history book of the year…. The book itself is so rewarding in so many ways that I can only advise readers to get hold of it and read it themselves.” — Peter Hitchens, Daily Mail (UK) blog, August 7, 2014.


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