The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931
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...more
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-time loans between entente countries, the destruction ...more
The author often makes assertions that he seems to lack the time or space to fully explore, and there are ...more
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 buying anymore of the Anglo-French bonds issued by J.P ...more
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 Britain's social movements, to the American Congress, to ...more
What the book does provide, however are dozens of little argument ...more
518 pages is both too long and too short. It's too long because it went into far more detail than someone who isn't already intimately familiar with all the events and people can follow. But also too short because it covers 15 years of often day-by-day events in som ...more
On the downside, economic issues are over emphasized. Be prepared to read about monetary policy, central banks, trade, debt, etc. This focus detracts from cultural, political and military issues, some of which are of greater or equal si ...more
In a way, it is an optimistic book. Tooze s ...more
For all those reviews that talked about this book's wonderful thesis, please tell me what it is. That America became the leading power because of the economic turmoil? Does it really take 518 pages to develop and prove that thesis?
The author obviously did an incredible amount of research and provides excruciating details of the events from 1916 to 1931.
What the book lacks is any correlation to modern times. There is no discussion of u ...more
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, maybe he was in a rush to finish the book and thoug ...more
This is not to impugn his magisterial treatment of the diplomatic history and the impressive detail balanced with the need for (relative) brevity.
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.
After graduating with a B.A. degree in economics from King's College, Cambridge in 1989, Tooze studied at the Free University of Berlin before moving to the London School of Economics f ...more