The Deluge : The Great War and the Remaking of Global Order 1916-1931
by Adam Tooze
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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LOS ANGELES VAINQUEUR TIMES PRIZES FOR THE HISTORY OF THE FINANCIAL TIMES AND THE NEW STATESMAN BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2014 On the occasion of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the Flood is a powerful explanation of why the legacy of war continues to shape our world from Adam Tooze, Wolfson the author winner of the Destruction Salary Award In the depths of the Great War, with millions of dead and not imaginedAs cataclysmic battles follow, a new world order is emergingAdam Tooze’s new panoramic book tells a radical, new story of the struggle for global control from the battles of the Western Front, in 1916, to the Great Depression of the 1930sWar has shaken the foundations of the political and economic order across EurasiaEmpires that had lasted since the Middle Ages, collapsed into ruinsNew nations rose upStrikes, street fighting and revolution shaken the worldAnd below the surface of turmoil, war set in motion a deeper and more lasting change, a transformation that continues to shape the present day: 1916 was the year when the business world began to revolve around the United StatesAmerica is both unique and powerful global force: a force that is forward-looking, emphasizing hope, money and ideas, and at the same time elusive, unpredictable and fundamental not respecting the will to face these unwished responsibilitiesTooze shows how fate effectively the whole civilization of the British Empire, the future of peace in Europe, the survival of the Weimar Republic, both the Russian and Chinese, revolutions and stability in the Pacific – now has come to revolve around this new power of the heavy relationship with a shocking world changeThe Flood is both a brilliantly illuminating exploration of the past and an essential element of history for the present.
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