Adam J. Tooze (born 1967) is a British historian who is a Professor at Columbia University and Director of the European Institute. Previously, he was Reader in Twentieth-Century History at the University of Cambridge and Gurnee Hart Fellow in History at Jesus College, Cambridge. After leaving Cambridge in 2009, he was for six years professor at Yale University as Professor of Modern German History and Director of the International Security Studies, succeeding Paul Kennedy.
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.
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, 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.
He writes for numerous publications, including the Financial Times, London Review of Books, New Left Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, and Die Zeit.
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.
- 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 Translated in German.
- 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, Portuguese and Russian.
- 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, Spanish and Russian.
- 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, Spanish and Portuguese.
- 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.
- Is this the end of the American century? America Pivots, London Review of Books, April 4, 2019.
- Democracy and Its Discontents, New York Review of Books, June 6, 2019.
- Additional, ongoing series of original articles written after the publication of his last book on his website, entitled Framing Crashed.