War and Economy in the Third Reich: War & The Economy In The 3rd R

Paperback | June 1, 1995

byR. J. Overy

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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. Richard Overy's essays, collected here for the first time with a substantial new introduction, explore the tension between Hitler's vision of an armed economy and the reality ofGerman economic and social life. Often thought-provoking, always informed, War and Economy opens a window on an essential aspect of Hitler's Germany.

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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...

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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. Richard Overy's essays, collected here for the first time with a substantial new introduction, explore the tension between Hitler's vision of an armed economy and the reality ofGerman economic and social life. Often thoug...

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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...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:404 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:June 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Essential Study of the Nazi Economy at War In this collection of essays, Richard Overy challenges long-standing perceptions of Nazi Germany's economy. The focus of Overy's attack is "blitzkrieg economics", the theory that Germany's economy was organized to sustain the armed forces through a series of short, decisive campaigns, rather than "total war". According to the theory, this suited Hitler's preference for consumer over military production to avoid civil unrest, and explains the shortfall in German armaments production from 1939-1941. Overy demonstrates that this theory is in every sense misleading. Germany's economy was mobilized for total war from the outset: as early as 1940, military expenditure as a percentage of GNP was greater in Germany than in Britain, and the percentage of the labour force working on war orders was also greater than in either Britain or the United States. Finally, the Nazi's alleged preference for consumer production turns out to be an illusion: consumer production fell further and faster in Germany than in Britain. Other topics include the German economic recovery and the fiscal "crisis" of 1939. Overy's conclusions here also break sharply from those of past historians. This book is indispensable for anyone seeking to understand the relationship between Nazi Germany's economy and its military decisions.
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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

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`This collection of his most important essays provides a good impression of the range of his work ... The thrust of his scholarship in all four fields has been to challenge received views and to stimulate debate on the basic nature of National Socialism ... this book will be of great interestto anyone trying to understand the dynamics of the Nazi dictatorship.'V.R. Berghahn, Brown University, The Historian