A Low, Dishonest Decade: The Great Powers, Eastern Europe and the Economic Origins of World War II

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A&C Black, Sep 26, 2005 - History - 516 pages
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Almost all written histories of the period leading up to World War II stress political, diplomatic, and ideological conflicts. Arguing that previous historians have confused effect for cause and have considered these conflicts without reference to the systemic problems that provoked them. Paul Hehn focuses on the fierce rivalries among the Great Powers in the relentless search for markets during the world depression of the 1930s. These rivalries were exacerbated particularly in southeastern Europe where Germany dominated the economies and trade arenas of its neighbors in a semi-colonial manner. In A Low Dishonest Decade, Hehn surveys the five Major Powers and all the Eastern European countries from the Baltic to Turkey. But he primarily canvases the economic situations in strategic locations like Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Yugoslavia. >
 

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Contents

Italy the Powers and Eastern Europe 19181939 Mussolini
42
French or German
62
Nazi Germanys Imperialist
99
Grossraumwirtschaft Lebensraum
118
Great Power Trade and Political Tensions
133
Trade Rivalries in the 1930s The Foreign Office Debate
158
German Moderates
180
On the Eve German Raw Material Shortages No Butter
204
The Great Power Struggle for Hegemony in Southeastern Europe
288
Keeping the Pot Boiling in Eastern Europe AngloRomanian
325
The Period of Retarded German Hegemony in Southeastern
341
Prince Paul the Man in the Cage with the Tiger
368
Conclusion
394
A Postscript
405
Bibliography
465
A Glossary of Key Names and Diplomatic Agreements
486

Germany Seeks New Markets and Some Old Ones
248
The Second Phase of Nazi Attempts to Dominate Eastern Europe
269
List of Tables
494
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Paul N. Hehn is Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York at Brockport, USA. He is a veteran of World War II (the Pacific Theater) and the author of A Low Dishonest Decade (Continuum, 2006).

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