Adam Tooze

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Adam Tooze

Born1967 (age 51–52)
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)
Academic background
Alma materLondon School of Economics
University of Cambridge
Free University of Berlin
Thesis'Official Statistics and Economic Governance in Interwar Germany' (1996)
Doctoral advisorAlan Milward
InfluencesWynne Godley[1]
Academic work
Era20th & 21st century
InstitutionsColumbia University
University of Cambridge
Yale University
Main interestsModern European history
Notable worksThe Wages of Destruction
The Deluge

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[3] at the University of Cambridge and professor at Yale University as Professor of Modern German History[4] and Director of the International Security Studies[5], succeeding Paul Kennedy.

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 Wolfson History Prize for 2006 and an extended history of the First World War with The Deluge published in 2014. He has then widened his scope to study the last financial crash in 2008 and its economical and geopolitical consequences with Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World published in 2018.

He writes for numerous publications, including the Financial Times, London Review of Books, New Left Review, The Wall Street Journal and Die Zeit.

Personal life[edit]

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.[8]


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

As editor:

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


  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."
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  7. ^ "Faculty: Adam Tooze". Archived from the original on 2012-11-24. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
  8. ^ Tooze, Adam (2007) [2006]. The Wages of Destruction (1st ed.). New York, New York: Viking Penguin. p. v. ISBN 978-0-670-03826-8.

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