Adam Tooze

Adam J. Tooze (born 1967) is a British historian who is a Professor at Columbia University and Director of the European Institute.[2] Previously, he was Reader in Twentieth-Century History at the University of Cambridge and Gurnee Hart Fellow in History at Jesus College, Cambridge.[3] After leaving Cambridge in 2009, he was for six years professor at Yale University as Professor of Modern German History[4] and Director of the International Security Studies,[5] succeeding Paul Kennedy.

Adam Tooze
Born1967 (age 5152)
OccupationKathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History, Columbia University
RelativesArthur Wynn (grandfather)
AwardsLongman History Today Prize (2007)
Wolfson History Prize (2006)
H-Soz-Kult Prize for Modern History (2002)
Philip Leverhulme Prize (2002)
LA Times Book Prize for History (2015)
Lionel Gelber Prize (2019)
Academic background
Alma materLondon School of Economics
University of Cambridge
Free University of Berlin
ThesisOfficial Statistics and Economic Governance in Interwar Germany (1996)
Doctoral advisorAlan Milward
InfluencesWynne Godley[1]
Academic work
Era20th & 21st century
InstitutionsColumbia University
University of Cambridge
Jesus College, Cambridge
Yale University
Main interestsModern European history
Notable worksThe Wages of Destruction
The Deluge

Education and research

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 for a doctorate in economic history under the supervision of Alan Milward.[6][7]

In 2002 he was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for Modern History for his first book, Statistics and the German State, 1900–1945: The Making of Modern Economic Knowledge. He is best known for his economic study of the Third Reich, The Wages of Destruction, which was one of the winners of the 2006 Wolfson History Prize,[8] and an extended history of the First World War with The Deluge, published in 2014. He then widened his scope to study the last financial crash in 2008 and its economic and geopolitical consequences with Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World, published in 2018, for which he won the 2019 Lionel Gelber Prize.[9]

He writes for numerous publications, including the Financial Times,[10] London Review of Books,[11] New Left Review,[12] The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian,[13] Foreign Policy,[14] and Die Zeit.[15]

Personal life

Tooze is a grandson of the British civil servant and Soviet spy Arthur Wynn and his wife, Peggy Moxon. Tooze's 2006 book, The Wages of Destruction, is dedicated to them.[16]



  • Statistics and the German State, 1900–1945: The Making of Modern Economic Knowledge (Cambridge Studies in Modern Economic History), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.[17] ISBN 0-521-80318-7 Translated in German.
  • The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy, London: Allen Lane, 2006.[18] ISBN 0-7139-9566-1 Translated in German, French, Dutch, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Russian.
  • The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916–1931, London: Allen Lane, 2014.[19] ISBN 9781846140341 Translated in German, French, Dutch, Spanish and Russian.
  • Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World, London: Allen Lane and New York: Viking, August 2018.[20] ISBN 9781846140365 Translated in German, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

As editor:

  • Cambridge History of World War II. Volume 3 with Michael Geyer, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.[21]
  • Normalität und Fragilität: Demokratie nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg with Tim B. Müller[22], Hamburg: Hamburger Editionen, 2015.[23]

Selected papers

  • Is this the end of the American century? America Pivots, London Review of Books, April 4, 2019.[24][25]
  • Democracy and Its Discontents, New York Review of Books, June 6, 2019.[26]
  • Additional, ongoing series of original articles written after the publication of his last book on his website, entitled Framing Crashed.[27]


  1. Mentioned in Crashed, Acknowledgments, p. 9-10 "... debts I owe to two teachers ... Wynne Godley was a mentor and teacher of a very different kind. Spontaneously warm and generous in spirit, he took me under his cape in my first year at King’s and introduced me, and a group of my contemporaries, to what, at the time, was a highly idiosyncratic brand of economics."
  2. "Adam Tooze | European Institute". Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  3. Tooze, Adam (April 2016). "Adam Tooze's CV". Adam Tooze's personal website.
  4. "Adam Tooze | History Politics Theory". Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  5. "Bio". ADAM TOOZE. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  6. "Tooze, Adam | Department of History - Columbia University". Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  7. "Faculty: Adam Tooze". Archived from the original on 24 November 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
  8. "Previous Winners - The Wolfson Foundation". Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  9. "Adam Tooze Wins the 2019 Lionel Gelber Prize for Crashed; How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World" (PDF). The Lionel Gelber Prize. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  10. "Adam Tooze". Financial Times. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  11. "Adam Tooze · LRB". Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  12. "New Left Review - author". Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  13. "Adam Tooze | The Guardian". the Guardian. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  14. Tooze, Adam. "Adam Tooze". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  15. "Adam Tooze". ZEIT ONLINE (in German). Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  16. Tooze, Adam (2007) [2006]. The Wages of Destruction (1st ed.). New York, New York: Viking Penguin. p. v. ISBN 978-0-670-03826-8.
  17. "Statistics and the German State". Adam Tooze's personal website. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  18. "The Wages of Destruction". Adam Tooze's personal website. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  19. "The Deluge". Adam Tooze's personal website. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  20. "Crashed". Adam Tooze's personal website. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  21. "The Cambridge History of the Second World War". Adam Tooze's personal website. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  22. Sozialforschung, Hamburger Institut für. "Personen Detailansicht". Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  23. "Normalität und Fragilität: Demokratie nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg". Adam Tooze's personal website. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  24. Tooze, Adam (4 April 2019). "Is this the end of the American century?". London Review of Books. pp. 3–7. ISSN 0260-9592. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  25. London Review of Books (LRB) (27 March 2019), Adam Tooze: American Power in the Long 20th Century, retrieved 31 March 2019
  26. Tooze, Adam (6 June 2019). "Democracy and Its Discontents". ISSN 0028-7504. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  27. "Framing Crashed Archives". ADAM TOOZE. Retrieved 31 March 2019.

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