War and economy in the Third Reich

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Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 1994 - Business & Economics - 390 pages
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. 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. In his introduction Richard Overy relects on the issues the essays raise, and the ways in which the subject is changing. Often thought-provoking, always informed, War and Economy opens a window on a essential aspect of Hitler's Germany.

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Contents

Unemployment in the Third Reich
37
Cars Roads and Economic Recovery in Germany 19321938
68
The Reichswerke Crisis
93
Copyright

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About the author (1994)

Richard Overy has written many articles and a number of books on various aspects of the Second World War. Amongst these are: The Nazi Economic Recovery (Macmillan, 1982), The Origins of the Second World War (Longmans, 1987), and The Road to War (With A. Wheatcroft, BBC/Macmillan 1989, Random House 1990, Papermac 1991). He lives in SW London.

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