Adam Tooze But, as THE WAGES OF DESTRUCTION makes clear, Hitler was never remotely strong enough to beat either Britain or the. An extraordinary mythology has grown up around the Third Reich that hovers over political and moral debate even today. Adam Tooze’s controversial new book. Buy The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy New Edition by Adam Tooze (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store.

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Fascism would have engulfed the world if the Allies hadn’t turned their own economies into police states. In fact, give the Germans, gasp, Poland!

Be the first to ask a question about The Wages of Destruction. German Economic responses deflation led to domestic down turn and unemployment, opening the door for the nationalistic political right in Germany, of which the Nazis were members, to step into power. WWII was as much about Hitler trying to secure resources to match America’s natural endowment and maintain the war machine as it was to realize radical racial ideologies though as shown above they often intermingled.

The author rightly states that middleweight Germany was boxing its way up against old time heavyweights like Britain navy, empireRussia natural resources and the still sleeping giant USA. This is an important account of how Germany was able to pull themselves up after WWI to covertly rearm and reinvigorate the German economy in the face of the restrictions and reparations imposed by the Treaty of Versailles.

Additionally, for those interested in the overly moralistic debate on RAF and AAF strategic bombing policy, this book impressively argues against most of the common wisdom. Most users should sign in with their email address.


Our Niall Ferguson’s Niall Ferguson in how he shows how the economic realities drove political exigencies.

An autarky, such as Hitler dreamed of creating, will not succeed. Despite the scale of their invasion, however, the Nazis tooae underestimated the resources and resistance they were up against. Though it’s hard to appreciate now, Germany in the s was not a very rich or developed country at all. This page was last edited on 11 Octoberat These divisions are certainly not armed and equipped in our sense, in many cases they have tactically inadequate leadership.

Buy from Indie Bound. TheSoviet prisoners of war were already more destduction he could provide for.

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Tooze’s book is rife with examples: Jun 03, Laurent Franckx rated it really liked it. Account Options Sign in. Once the war was evidently lost, Speer continued to claim in propaganda that a miracle technology – new tanks, jet aircraft, V2s – would turn the ddstruction.

Feb 26, Pages Buy. Made even more interesting by the fact that the author connects seemingly mundane economics processes and problems with the political policy decision of the Nazi leadership.

The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy

If we want to grasp the economics of Nazism, it is important first to understand the fundamental problem of the German economy in the s and s: There was nothing to gain by delay.

Of the latter, aboutwere Poles. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Then, as now, Germany was not self-sufficient in many key areas, especially the armaments sector. Why fight Britain and France first off, when you don’t even want their land?


In other words, if the Hungerplan had been executed, it would have been a genocide that would have dwarfed even the Holocaust. Gradually governmental institutions would take over industrial companies and align its strategy with Hitler’s will. If you are looking to really get into the nitty-gritty of German economic policy from the destruciton through WWII you absolute must read this book.

This is an excellent work. For Hitler, it was the fall of or never.

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But it was a close-run thing, and if the Allies had toose the German troop movements through the Ardennes, and responded properly, things would have turned out very differently. Open Preview See a Problem?

Also by Adam Tooze. Germany took basically all of its able-bodied men off the farm, and required huge food imports to avoid the mass starvation of World War 1.

As the debate over at J. Mamdami also seems to have been wrong to wagez in his When Victims Become Killers that the Nazi Germany did not perceive itself to be a colonizing power in eastern Europe. If one of both parties wanted to finally destroy the counterparty, it needed all within its power to make this happen.