A few years ago a major debate was unleashed by Knut Borchardt, foremost among West Germany's economic historians, who argued that the collapse of the Weimar economy was due not so much to the policies of the pre-Hitler governments or the severity of the Great Slump but to the overloading of the economy with wage costs and welfare benefits. This volume brings together the criticism his thesis provoked and Borchardt's response to it.
Introduction - the "Borchardt debate" on the failure of economic policy at the end of the Weimar Republic, J. von Kruedener; was there a crisis before the crisis? the state of the German economy in the 1920s, D. Petzina; German trade union policy 1929-1933 in the light of the British experience, S. Pollard; industrial crisis strategy in the Great Depression, B. Weisbrod; was the policy of deflation in Germany unavoidable?, C.-L. Holtfrerich; could Bruning's policy of deflation have been successful?, J. von Kruedener; a decade of debate about Bruning's economic policy, K. Borchardt.
Series: German Historical Perspectives (Hardcover)
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st January 1990
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.0
Weight (kg): 0.39