How power operates in modern history is my central theme. What unifies my books is the attempt to write a history of the uneven and combined development of power and to do so in narrative form. The books are flanked by more eclectic fields of interest. These are collected below in more or less coherent clusters. The specific themes range from the history of World War II and military and economic power, to questions of international relations and international economic history, from the concrete materiality of industrial and agrarian history, to the abstractions of modern social theory.

Areas of interest (click to be taken to articles in a particular category):




World War I & World War II




German History



The History of Economic Knowledge and Expertise

  • “The Trouble with Numbers: Politics, history and economics in the construction of Weimar Trade Statistics”  American Historical Review  (June 2008)
  • `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
  • ‘The Rosetta Stone of German Industry: The Reich’s Census of Industrial Production 1936’, C. Buchheim ed., German Industry in the Nazi Period  (Stuttgart, 2008)
  • ‘The crisis of Gelehrtenpolitik and the alienated economic mind: Economists and politics in interwar Germany’ in M.J. Daunton and F. Trentmann
  • eds. Worlds of Political Economy (London, , 2005), 189-216.
  • ‘Die Vermessung der Welt: Ansaetze zu einer Kulturgeschichte der Wirtschaftsstatistik’ (Measuring the world: approaches to a cultural history of economic statistics) H. Berghoff and J. Vogel eds. Wirtschaftsgeschichte als Kulturgeschichte (Frankfurt, 2004), 92-104
  • `Imagining National Economies: National and International Economics Statistics 1900-1950′, in G. Cubitt, ed., Imagining Nations Manchester University Press 1998 (Manchester, 1998), 90-125.
  • ‘ The Knowledge of Occupation – Reflections on the History of Economic Statistics in France and Germany, 1914-1950.’ in B. Zimmermann, C. Didry, P. Wagner, eds.,Le Travail et la Nation, Édition M.S.H. (Paris, 1998). (in French), 55-80.


Political Economy & International Relations 1900-2007

  • Tooze and T. Fertik, “The Great War and the Global Economy”, Geschichte und Gesellschaft 2014
  • “Empires at War”
  • “Reenvisioning the moral economy of reconstruction” in D. Feldman and Mazower eds Past and Present Special Issue 2011.
  • “The Great inflation” with Stefan Eich in Lutz Raphael and Anselm Manteuffel After the Boom (2015).
  • Tooze, “Who is afraid of inflation. The Long-shadow of the 1970s” Journal of Modern European History;Feb2014, Vol. 12 Issue 1


Agrarianism and Industrialism

  • “The war of the villages”, in Geyer and Tooze, Cambridge History of World War II (2015).
  • “Disciplining the Black Sheep of the Balkans. Sovereignty and Bulgarian Foreign Debt 1900-1939”, Economic History Review  (2010) (with M. Ivanov)
  • With M. Ivanov, ‘Convergence or Decline on Europe’s Southeastern Periphery? Agriculture, Population, and GNP in Bulgaria, 1892-1945’ Journal of Economic History 67 (2007), 672 – 703
  • Tooze and Ristuccia, “The Cutting Edge of Modernity: Machine Tools in the rearmament boom 1933-1945” Economic History Review (2013).
  • “Punktuelle Modernisierung: die Akkumulation von Werkzeugmaschinenim Dritten Reich” Jahrbuch fuer Wirtschaftsgeschichte (2003/1), 79-98
  • Review of G. Herrigel, Industrial Constructions. The Sources of German industrial power (1996) C.F. Sabel and J. Zeitlin (eds.) World of Possibilities. Flexibility and Mass Production in Western Industrialization (1997) and P. Scranton, Endless Novelty. Specialty Production and American Industrialization 1865-1925 (1997) in Social History Vol. 25 No. 2 May 2000, pp. 247-250.
  • The History of Production I: The Global History of Machine Tools. Knowledge, Narratives and Fiction, March 2009, Center for History and Economics King’s College Cambridge co-sponsored by Thyssen Foundation and Boeckler Stiftung


The Atlantic Financial Crisis



Theory & History