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 materiel reached into countries far from the front. The strain of the war ravaged all economic and political assumptions, bringing unheard-of changes in the social and industrial order. A century after the outbreak of fighting, Adam Tooze revisits this seismic moment in history, challenging the existing narrative of the war, its peace, and its aftereffects. From the day the United States enters the war in 1917 to the precipice of global financial ruin, Tooze delineates the world remade by American economic and military power.
Tracing the ways in which countries came to terms with America's centrality - including the slide into fascism - The Deluge is a chilling work of great originality that will fundamentally change how we view the legacy of World War I.
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"Tooze's grand economic history is stimulating, persuasive, and surprisingly accessible." (Publishers Weekly)
There was very little that was brand new in this narrative, but it is one of the very best synthesis I have ever read on the period. I would recommend this book to any one studying or interested in the interest period. It provides an understanding and layout of the dynamics of international affairs as the world began its slide into the diplomacy of the 1930s. It is the single best volume on this period.
The reader has an unusual and very annoying cadence. He continuously drops his voice as if to signal the end of a sentence or an independent clause when he simply between phrases or about to begin an adjective or adverb clause.
I have never experienced this kind of reading before. It makes the presentation very choppy and more difficult to follow. It affected my opinion of the book enough to think that I can't otherwise critique it.
This is serious discussion of post ww1 economics that helps explain the progression of German, Japan and Russia to high levels of military power prior to ww2. It identifies economic policies and the decisions that opened the way for eventual conflict. However, none of that predicted Hitler. And Frances reluctance to oppose Hitler in the Rhineland is not discussed at all, even though France showed no such reluctance to fully occupy The Rhineland to enforce reparations earlier and that is discussed at length.
I recommend this to patient, curious readers.
Integrating a deep understanding of economics into the political narrative of the Great War provides a new perspective on understanding the forces that drove the world to war and back again.
Worth listening to. Makes one think about the consequences of the invasion of Iraq and the current economic outlook. What is waiting in our future?
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