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  • The ghost at all our feasts: three lectures by Adam Tooze

    Posted by L. C. Rees on September 11th, 2014 (All posts by )

    One of Zenpundit’s most influential book recommendations for me was The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy by Adam ToozeWages of Destruction made most other books on the Nazi complicated run German economy of 1920-1945 look infantile. I read Tooze’s newest book The Deluge: The Great War and the Remaking of Global Order 1916-1931 over July. A review is in the works. While you stay up nights waiting for that, Tooze gave three lectures at Stanford University’s Europe Center worth absorbing based on The Deluge:

    1. Making Peace in Europe 1917-1919: Brest-Litovsk and Versailles
    2. Hegemony: Europe, America and the problem of financial reconstruction, 1916-1933
    3. Unsettled Lands: the interwar crisis of agrarian Europe

    The rise of the American empire 1849-1922 is the great question of our time.

    [Cross-posted on Zenpundit]

     

    6 Responses to “The ghost at all our feasts: three lectures by Adam Tooze”

    1. Dan from Madison Says:

      The Wages of Destruction was one of the most interesting books I have ever read. And one of the saddest.

    2. Xennady Says:

      The Wages of Destruction was one of the most interesting books I have ever read. And one of the saddest.

      I second that. Great book.

    3. Grurray Says:

      “The rise of the American empire 1849-1922 is the great question of our time.”

      Wow, down the LCR rabbit hole once again

    4. Lexington Green Says:

      OK …

      1922 … Washington Naval Conference? Treaty brings us to parity with England, thus the British Empire has formally yielded hegemony?

      But 1849 … Consulting Wikipedia I see only this candidate: “Regular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States … .”

      I am peering down the rabbit hole.

    5. Grurray Says:

      California gold rush?

    6. L. C. Rees Says:

      Gold star for Lex and Grurry