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War and Economy in the Third Reich - R. J. Overy

War and Economy in the Third Reich

Hardcover Published: 3rd March 1994
ISBN: 9780198202905
Number Of Pages: 404

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War and Economy in the Third Reich examines the nature of the German economy in the 1930s and the Second World War. When Hitler came to power in 1933 he had two aims for the economy: a rapid recovery from the depths of the Great Slump and the creation of a vast economic foundation for Germany's renewed bid for world power. He wanted to turn Germany into a military superpower in the 1940s.
These eleven essays explore the tension between Hitler's vision of an armed economy and the reality of German economic and social life. Richard Overy argues that the German economy was much less crisis-ridden in 1939 than its enemies supposed, and that Hitler, far from limiting his war effort, tried to mobilize the economy for 'total war' from 1939 onwards. Only the poor organization of the Nazi state and the interference of the military prevented higher levels of military output.
Many of these essays challenge accepted views of the Third Reich. They are collected here for the first time. In his substantial new introduction Richard Overy reflects on the issues they raise, and the ways in which the subject is changing. Often thought-provoking, always informed, War and Economy opens a window on an essential aspect of Hitler's Germany.

'What Overy's careful and valuable studies actually do is to confirm the conclusions of all other unprejudiced scholars who have used business archives with similar determination.' Times Literary Supplement 'All of the essays summed up here draw on primary sources to an exceptional degree, which makes the interpretations highly convincing. It also means that nobody who is interested in the German economy in the Third Reich will be able to ignore the results of Overy's research.' Wilhelm Deist, German Historical Institute London Bulletin, Volume XVII, No. 1, February 1995 `There can be no doubt thaat over the years, Overy has made a useful contribution to the ecominc history of the Third Reich. This collection makes it clear the strengths of that contribution, particularyly his critical re-evaluation of accepted viewpoints.' Reviews of Books

Prefacep. vi
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introduction The Nazi Economy in Peace and Warp. 1
Conclusionp. 31
German Economic Recoveryp. 35
Unemployment in the Third Reichp. 37
Cars, Roads, and Economic Recovery in Germany, 1932-1938p. 68
Industry in the Third Reichp. 91
Heavy Industry in the Third Reich: The Reichswerke Crisisp. 93
'Primacy Always Belongs to Politics': Gustav Krupp and the Third Reichp. 119
The Reichswerke 'Hermann Göring': A Study in German Economic Imperialismp. 144
Rearmament and the Coming of Warp. 175
Hitter's War Plans and the German Economy, 1933-1939p. 203
Germany, 'Domestic Crisis', and War in 1939p. 205
Hitler's War and the German Economy: A Reinterpretationp. 233
The German War Economy, 1939-1945p. 257
Guns or Butter? Living Standards, Finance, and Labour in Germany, 1939-1942p. 314
German Multi-Nationals and the Nazi State in Occupied Europep. 315
Rationalization and the 'Production Miracle' in Germany During the Second World Warp. 343
Further Readingp. 376
Indexp. 385
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ISBN: 9780198202905
ISBN-10: 0198202903
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 404
Published: 3rd March 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.2  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.8