Adam Tooze, Keynote Address: AUP Paris Centennial Conference

Adam Tooze, Keynote Address: AUP Paris Centennial Conference

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Adam Tooze gives his keynote address "Versailles and the Interwar Crisis: The Problem of Hegemony Revisited" at the opening of The Paris Centennial Conference.
The Paris Centennial Conference, from May 23-26, 2019 in Paris, France is the first of a pair of conferences co-organized by The American University of Paris' Center for Critical Democracy Studies and the Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School. The three day conference brought together leading and emerging academics in the field of First World War studies with diplomats and public policy experts to discuss the continued importance of the Treaty of Versailles on modern international relations.

The treaty, signed on June 28, 1919, in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, was the most important of the peace treaties that ended the First World War. Revisiting historic locations from the Paris peace talks, conference participants reflected on how decisions made in 1919 influenced events throughout the 21st century, drawing on new perspectives to highlight the treaty’s enduring legacy and its impact on the world order of today.

Keynote Speaker Adam Tooze is the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History and the Director of the European Institute at Columbia University. Before joining Columbia he taught at Yale and the University of Cambridge. Adam Tooze is the author of four prize-winning books, including Statistics and the German State: The Making of Modern Economic Knowledge (2001), Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy (2006), and Deluge: The Great War and the Remaking of the Global Order (2014). His history of the 2008 financial crisis, Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World, was published in 2018 and won the 2019 Lionel Gelber Prize. Tooze is a prolific blogger and regular columnist for Foreign Policy magazine. In 2019 he was named one of Foreign Policy magazine’s 100 global thinkers.


Chartered in Paris as a liberal arts college in 1962, The American University of Paris is today an international university located at the meeting point of France, Europe and the world. The University provides a curriculum that combines liberal arts inquiry, preparation for professional life, and student-centered, active learning in small classrooms of students from over 100 nationalities. Our global faculty teach 28 undergraduate majors and four core fields of graduate study, all taught in English.