The Deluge by Adam Tooze

The Deluge

A searing and highly original analysis of the First World War and its anguished aftermath. In the depths of the Great War, with millions dead and no imaginable end to the conflict, societies around the world began to buckle. The heart of the financial system shifted from London to New York. The infinite demands for men and matériel reached into countries far from the front. The strain of the war ravaged all economic and political assumptions, br...

Details The Deluge

TitleThe Deluge
Release DateNov 13th, 2014
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Politics, War, World War I, North American Hi..., American History

Reviews The Deluge

  • Hadrian
    Adam Tooze is a economic historian who deals with myths and realities of modern history. His use of statistical analysis lends credence to his challenges of historical orthodoxy. I was deeply impressed by his other book, The Wages of Destruction, which addressed popular conceptions of the Nazi state. Nazi propaganda, and indeed a popular idea about the Nazis, was that they were a cruelly efficient state. Tooze instead looks at their economic stat...
  • Robyn
    Finally done! I learned a great deal about a period I've never studied in any great detail. I particularly liked the inclusion of China and Japan, given that so often books on these subjects skim over what was happening in non-Western countries. For more detailed summaries, etc - the reading notes will have to suffice!
  • Caroline
    Outstanding. Tooze has amassed and presented a tremendous amount of political and economic information to buttress his arguments about how complex the period between 1916 and 1931 was. First he explains the financing and end-game of the the war. This forms the foundation for the real argument, that any view of the period from 1918 to the mid-thirties as fairly consistent ‘between the wars' is missing the convulsions that played out as the war-t...
  • Pieter
    If one were to be a fly against the wall of the Versailles palace in 1919. What were US president Roosevelt's reasons to design a new, liberal world order? Which countries supported him and which were against? It is clear that the seeds of WW II were sown during that time. The Fourteen Points may have had some obvious good intentions, no doubt Roosevelt used them to push US on the front of the international political scene. Stripping Germany and ...
  • Olethros
    -Hay palos para todos, pero lo del presidente Woodrow Wilson es una auténtica paliza.-Género. Historia.Lo que nos cuenta. El libro El diluvio (publicación original: The Deluge, 2014) intenta explicar las razones (mediante hechos, eventos y situaciones acontecidas en la época) por las que los Estados Unidos de América se convirtieron, en muy poco tiempo y a partir de los sucesos de la Primera Guerra Mundial, en una superpotencia de una nueva ...
  • Pete H
    Ambitious, and with a breathtaking scope, I can't help but feel that Tooze bit off a bit more than he could chew-even a 500 page book isn't adequate space to cover the development of the entire international order from 1916 through 1933. His characterization of Wilson as a man seeking to assert American fiscal hegemony may be criticized by some, but I find it hard to disagree with his thesis.The author often makes assertions that he seems to lack...
  • Frank Theising
    This is a very demanding read, epic in scope and at times overwhelming. In The Deluge, economic historian Adam Tooze explores the unprecedented pace, scope, and violence of change experienced in world affairs from the late nineteenth century onwards. The defining feature of this change was the sudden emergence of the United States as a novel kind of super-state, exercising veto power over the financial and security concerns of the other major sta...
  • Marks54
    This book is an ambitious interpretive history of WW1 and its impact. The starting point is that claim that we have come to understand the war from the perspective of it being followed by WW2 and the Cold War, leading to a modern world that is hugely different from the world of 1914 and dominated eventually by the United States after the fall of the Soviet Union. Adam Tooze's claim is that course of world history was far from certain after WW1 an...
  • BertieRussell
    Great book: hugely informative, with the material dramatically presented and almost no dull patches. Some of the very fascinating events that Tooze describes are the following:1) Up to mid-1916 the Entente borrowed money through J.P Morgan mainly, from the US's private capital market, thereby committing a substantial part of the US economy to the Entente's war effort, without the US government's permission. Wilson discouraged americans from buyin...
  • Jonathan
    Pecunia nervus belli est. Not for the faint of heart, Adam Tooze describes and analyses the interplay between politics and finance in the final years of the First World War and the post-war era in this vast and detailed work. The short version is that the Europeans were involved in a war they really couldn't afford and the Detente (essentially Britain and France) turned to America to finance and eventually win the war. The problems of the post-wa...
  • Eric
    I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.Adam Tooze's book The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931 is an impressive and, at times, intimidating examination of WWI. I say intimidating because Tooze takes a deep dive into the history and minute events that make up the entire Great War period. His focus is global, shifting between German offensives in Russia, to Lenin's writing, to Britai...
  • David
    Exhaustive and exhausting. Not so much a reading as a beating. And yes, all the other reviews are correct. It is an academic work of monumental research. It covers many topics that are too often ignored. It lays the groundwork for understanding the period between the wars. etc. etc. I guess I needed the abridged version for my small brain.
  • Brandon Hallstrand
    This book was my favorite read in this genre since Guns Germs and Steel. It sheds so much light on the imperial designs that left the world ready for a re-ignition of conflict for WWII.
  • Will
    "But however determined this programme of domestic consolidation, following the Reichstag election results of May 1924, not even the votes of the SPD were sufficient to carry the constitutional amendments necessary to ratify the Dawes Plan, which included an international mortgage on the Reichsbahn. Over a quarter of the German electorate had voted for the far right - 19 per cent for the DNVP, almost 7 per cent for Hitler's NSDAP. Almost 13 per c...
  • Emre
    The First World War was a deluge, a devastating and cataclysmic flood that was washing away the old older, allowing for a new global balance, with its new leaders and its new rules, to take its place and transform the world. This is the process that historian Adam Tooze undertakes to describe in his book, through his own uniquely perceptive account and analysis. The story begins in 1916, when the Entente and the Central powers were locked in tita...
  • Steve Greenleaf
    Just a century ago, Europe was reeling from the destruction of the First World War. In the summer of 1916, the British initiated with Battle of the Somme with great aspirations and an immense artillery barrage. The results of their efforts included an astronomical number of casualties and no strategic gain. The course and eventual outcome of the war remained in doubt, but one thing no longer remained in question: neither of the two conflicting si...
  • Alan Bowker
    It is difficult to do justice to this book in a short review. It is a sprawling, comprehensive, breathtakingly ambitious attempt to synthesize world history between 1916 and 1931 around a few interlocking, subtle, and at times elusive concepts. It moves easily from country to country, issue to issue, fitting complex events into this grand design. At times the author is too eager to challenge orthodox explanations of why the peace of Versailles co...
  • Dixon Liang
    A phenomenal analysis of the shaping of the world during and following World War I, specifically the role of the United States as THE upcoming center of the new world order. World War I was the beginning of the transition between the age of empires towards the world we know today. It was also the event that ushered in the United States as a state the world had never seen before. There had never been a country which had the scope of the United Sta...
  • Alex
    This book is wonky and I cannot even pretend to really understand a lot of the economics at play, but it makes for a fascinating granular history of the building and collapse of Atlantic (American, British, and French) power at the end of WWI. Tooze's ultimate conclusion is that all three parties, along with the defeated or smaller states they dictated to, were trying to find a model for peaceful political and economic development that suited the...
  • Jesse Frederik
    Een paar gedachten na lezing: wat een belachelijke oorlog was dit; wat gebeurt er veel in de wereld; en wat is Lenin een malloot. (Op een gegeven moment loopt Trotsky weg van een ongunstige vrede met de Duitsers. 'Geen vrede. Geen oorlog,' verklaart hij, in de hoop dat de Duitsers dan wel zo vriendelijk zouden zijn om de oorlog tegen Rusland - die ze overigens aan het winnen waren - te stoppen. De Duitsers waren even verbaasd, toen de Keizer: 'We...
  • Chris Miller
    For me, Ron Chernow's Grant, was a 1000 page, three week read. Tooze's The Deluge was a 518 page, five week read. Tooze's writing reminds me of Bernard De Voto--A man who could pack more information into a paragraph than anyone I have read. There are many books about the end of WWI, the Paris Talks, and the interwar period. What Tooze has done is provide "ligaments" that connect and help explain the bones and muscles of the events. He includes of...
  • David McGrogan
    I persevered with this book, because the subject matter is fascinating, and it's undoubtedly the work of a man who knows his stuff. But God, it can be a tough read at times. Tooze simply isn't a great stylist, and he was poorly served by whoever edited the book: the paragraphs are vastly long and often deal with lots of different topics, and there are frequent non-sequiturs and even quite a few typos. The book also suffers from its ambition - bec...
  • Nicholas Bilka
    The devastating consequences of the reparations regime of the Versailles treaty are well known and well covered here. Certainly France’s punitive approach to the post-war Weimar republic were a contributing factor in what was to come, but Tooze exposes the underlying economic issues that informed their approach and the approach of the UK to the post war European settlement.While some of the subject matter here will be well trodden ground for th...
  • Scott Jones
    This book was very ambitious in its aims and scope. Overall the author did a nice job. My goal was to learn more about the morass that was created as a result of the Great War, and how that led to the eventual Second World War. it gave some great insight into that. So, goal accomplished!I did feel that the author could have had a bit more focus at times, but the jumping around (especially toward the end of the book) may have been necessary. Or, m...
  • A
    Sloppy editing somewhat mars the reading experience: Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg becomes Theodore, Alexandra Kollontai is given a gender reassignment and is rebaptized as Alexander, Admiral Kolchak is shorn of his ships and becomes a general, Belgium in one of the tables is confused with the Netherlands. And it is not so difficult to find an l with a stroke, as in Piłsudski. Other than that, an interesting and important reassessment of the mil...
  • Sara
    While many people have raved about this book, I found this akin to listening to a graduate thesis. Yes, there is an amazing amount of research and the author took on a very sprawling piece of work. However, I found it exhausting from the very beginning.
  • Li Zheng
    a historically intricate and refreshingly argued book about the World War One with incredible detailed accounts of all its players. Packed with knowledge and insights, i cannot read it all but still very delighted to finish it and still got quite a lot from it. Brilliant.
  • Arthur Rohloff
    Exceptional analysis of the political and economic forces in play that led to the failure of the interwar period between WW I & WW II.
  • Brianna
    I've barely read anything about this time period, or about the global structure at all, so this was super interesting.
  • Autumn
    Well-researched, without a doubt. But VERY painful to read. Chapters were neither chronological nor really thematic... writing style was unnecessarily ornate. nope. no thank you.