A bold new interpretation of the First World War and the birth of the American Century In the depths of the Great War, with millions dead and end to the conflict in sight, societies around the world began to buckle. The strain of total war ravaged all ecomic and political assumptions, shattering old empires and redrawing maps across Europe and the Middle East. A century after the outbreak of fighting, Yale historian Adam Tooze takes an entirely new perspective on the war to end all wars, focusing on the closing years of the conflict and its aftermath up to the Great Depression. This tumultuous period saw hopes for lasting peace and liberal internationalism collide with violent upheavals and the ultimate rise of totalitarian regimes. And it saw the emergence of a new global order in which all the major powers the war s winners and losers alike saw their fates bound up with those of the United States, w the world s dominant ecomic force. All-embracing, powerfully argued, and deeply instructive, The Deluge is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the roots of America s fraught relationship with the world.
Adam Toozeis the author ofWages of Destruction, winner of theWolfson and Longman History Today Prize. He is the Kathyrn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of Historyat Columbia University. He formerly taught at Yale University, where he was Director of International Security Studies, and at the University of Cambridge. He has worked in executive development with several major corporations and contributed to the National Intelligence Council. He has written and reviewed forForeign Affairs, theFinancial Times, theGuardian, theSunday Telegraph, theWall Street Journal, Die Zeit, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, TageszeitungandSpiegel Magazine, New Left Reviewand theLondon Review of Books.