Adam Tooze

Adam Tooze

Research Interests

Professor Adam Tooze is the Director of the European Institute and the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History. He chairs the European History, Politics, and Society MA program and teaches a range of courses in European History.


Spring 2021

  • Reading German History (4 credits)
    HIST 8314 GR 001

Fall 2020

  • Anthropocene & History (4 credits)
    History GR8352

    The Anthropocene is one of the key concepts of the 21st century. In recognizing the dramatic scale of the impact of human activity on the global environment, it subverts the distinction between human and natural history. The concept of the Anthropocene has attracted attention from a wide range of disciplines. Graduate students of any discipline are welcome to apply for enrollment in this course. Please note, however, that this course addresses the theme from a historical point of view, specifically that of modern history.


Professor Tooze teaches and researches widely in the fields of twentieth-century and contemporary history. From a start in modern German history with a special focus on the history of economics and economic history his interests have widened to take in a range of themes in political, intellectual and military history, across a canvass stretching from Europe across the Atlantic. His most recent book was Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World (2018).


  • PhD, London School of Economics
  • BA, University of Cambridge, King's College

Selected Publications


  • Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World
    Viking (2018)
  • The Deluge: The Great War and the Remaking of the Global Order 1916-1931
    UK edition Penguin Allen Lane (2014)
    US edition Viking Penguin (2014)
  • The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy
    UK edition Penguin Allen Lane (2006)
    US edition Viking Penguin (2007)
  • Statistics and the German State 1900-1945: The Making of Modern Economic Knowledge
    Cambridge University Press (2001)

Edited Books

  • Cambridge History of World War II. Volume 3.
    Michael Geyer and Adam Tooze, eds.
    Cambridge University Press (2015)
  • Normalität und Fragilität: Demokratie nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg
    Tim B. Müller and Adam Tooze, eds.
    Hamburger Editionen (2015)
  • NATO: Past, Present, Future
    Ian Shapiro and Adam Tooze, eds.
    Yale University Press (under review)

Articles in Refereed Journals

  • "The World Economy and the Great War", Geschichte und Gesellschaft 40:2 (2014), 214–38 (with Ted Fertik)
  • "Machine tools and mass production in the armaments boom: Germany and the United States, 1929–44" Economic History Review 66 4 (2013), 953-974. (with Cristiano Ristuccia)
  • "Reassessing the Moral Economy of Post-war Reconstruction: The Terms of the West German settlement in 1952" in Past and Present Special Issue 210 (suppl 6) (2011), 47-70.
  • "Disciplining the Black Sheep of the Balkans. Sovereignty and Bulgarian Foreign Debt 1900-1939", Economic History Review 64 1 (2011), 30-51 (with M. Ivanov)
  • "The Trouble with Numbers: Politics, history and economics in the construction of Weimar Trade Statistics" American Historical Review 113 (3) (2008), 678-700.
  • "Convergence or Decline on Europe's Southeastern Periphery? Agriculture, Population, and GNP in Bulgaria, 1892-1945" Journal of Economic History 67 (2007), 672 – 703 (with M. Ivanov)
  • "No Room for Miracles. Reassessing industrial production in Nazi Germany, 1939-1945" Geschichte und Gesellschaft 31:3 (2005), 439–64.
  • "Punktuelle Modernisierung: die Akkumulation von Werkzeugmaschinen im Dritten Reich" Jahrbuch fuer Wirtschaftsgeschichte 1 (2003), 79-98
  • "Economic Statistics and the Weimar State: The Reich's Statistical Office and the Institute for Business-Cycle Research, 1924-1933." Economic History Review, LII, 3 (August 1999), 523-543