The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy4.41 · Rating details · 882 Ratings · 82 Reviews
In this groundbreaking new history, Adam Tooze provides the clearest picture to date of the Nazi war machine and its undoing. There was no aspect of Nazi power untouched by economics�it was Hitler�s obsession and the reason the Nazis came to power in the first place. The Second World War was fought, in Hitler�s view, to create a European empire strong enough to take on theIn this groundbreaking new history, Adam Tooze provides the clearest picture to date of the Nazi war machine and its undoing. There was no aspect of Nazi power untouched by economics�it was Hitler�s obsession and the reason the Nazis came to power in the first place. The Second World War was fought, in Hitler�s view, to create a European empire strong enough to take on the United States. But as The Wages of Destruction makes clear, Hitler�s armies were never powerful enough to beat either Britain or the Soviet Union�and Hitler never had a serious plan as to how he might defeat the United States. The Wages of Destruction is an eye-opening and controversial account that will challenge conventional interpretations of the period and will find an enthusiastic readership among fans of Ian Kershaw and Richard Evans....more
Hardcover, 832 pages
Published March 22nd 2007 by Viking Adult (first published 2007)
THE WAGES OF DESTRUCTION: THE MAKING AND BREAKING OF THE NAZI ECONOMY/ADAM TOOZE
When can a country go to war, if ever? Tooze does not answer this question in general. He focuses on the economy of pre-war Germany and the years to follow under Nazi rule. A tour de force in political economy with a focus on one case study, it is worth consulting.
Tooze demonstrates that, despite stereotypes and the frequent hype about the sophisticated and nearly unbeatable Nazi war machine, Germany was far from ready to go to war. As a matter of fact, it was not – and it was unlikely to be ever in such a position, given the then international balance of power and global economic tendencies. Economists, politicians and military leaders within Germany argued before the time that it was more than a risk to go to war – doing so bordered on folly.
Tooze deploys a meticulous analysis of the state of the German economy since the end of the First World War, the Weimar Republic and the perceived impressive rise of the German economy under the Nazis. Archival research is splendid, candid and exhaustive.
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