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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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Buy from Indie Bound. If the Germans wanted to buy things from neutrals — and they desperately needed to, particularly iron ore from Sweden and oil from Romania– they had to export something in exchange. The decision to give priority to the southern flank of the Eastern front, rather than destrutcion taking Moscow, was not a symptom of amateurism, but of unsolvable strategic dilemmas.

This article about a non-fiction book on Nazi Germany is a stub. I believe this book answers that question in the wwages.

Under peacetime conditions, Germany could not feasibly increase military spending, while Britain and France and the US! In this groundbreaking new history, Adam Tooze provides the clearest picture to date of the Nazi war machine and its undoing. Dec 10, Russ rated it it was amazing. If you think you have read all adqm need about World War 2, think again.

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The conquest of France did nothing to improve Germany’s situation, because French industry depended on British coal and raw materials. It is a bit of a puzzle to me why it has entered collective memory in the same way restruction Holocaust has.

Germany struggled to provide these for their own industry, so French industrial assets were useless.

tpoze I now am persuaded that that is basically false, and that Nazi Germany mobilized a remarkably high share of the economy for military purposes, starting as early as Though it’s hard to appreciate now, Germany in the s was not a very rich or developed country at all.

Wages of Destruction was based on pioneering archival research into the German armaments economy. There is a notion that Hitler started the war prematurely, ineven though Germany was really planning on war several years later. British victories are foregone conclusions.


He comments quote At the same time the treatment of the foreign labor force, the concentration camp population and teh least a small remnant of the Jewish population was progressively “economized” to take account of the needs of the war economy. The Wages of Toozf is a brilliant contribution to our understanding of events in the s and s. Thus, up to the end of the war, Hitler refused to raise taxes and mainly sought to mobilize savings through increased loans.

Tooze covers the Third Reich from the perspective of the economist, bankers, bureaucrats, and industrialists who tried to support the war effort while confronted with overwhelming odds. After having read this book, I don’t think Germany ever could have won, but they could have failed even more spectacularly than they did in real life.

The destructiom was that, if Germany toozze the Soviet Union, the German army would cut off the inhabitants of the cities from any agricultural supply, and send the surplus production to Germany. In the book Tooze writes that having failed to defeat Britain inthe economic logic of the war drove the Nazis to invade the Soviet Union. They did not think the outcomes pre-determined.

There is a widespread belief that the Nazis weren’t at “full war production” until Tooze desyruction abundant evidence for his argument that Germany in the s and s, far from being a uniquely advanced economy full of V-2s and Volkswagens, actually lagged behind its competitors. By the end of the war Germany was being outproduced at least 4: The Second World War was fought, Tooze’s economic history is gripping, not only because it’s an economic history that presents compelling arguments but because of its insights into Nazism.

The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy. Hitler believed sheer power of will could overcome any obstacle, and aram many to embrace this delusion.

Slave labor, genocide, hunger plans, making neat entries in logbooks concerning the planned deaths from famine in the early months of your next invasion- these are treated by historians in apocalyptic and sensational ways that safely place what the Nazis did and what they were thinking ddestruction some kind of pointless realm beyond understanding.

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The author is well spoken and his writing is engaging. Through a scheme of loans from America, Germany was able to amortize their war reparations to Britain and France who were in turn able to pay back their war debts to America.


It needed to import iron ore, grain, animal feed, metals for the alloying process, rubber, and petroleum. Economic historiography has thrown rays of haggard light into some of the blackest corners of the Third Reich, even where, as in the case of the memoirs of Hitler’s last minister of armaments, Albert Speer, much was concealed or distorted.

But these military-history deflations only symbolize the larger picture: It was fascinating to learn about the pre-Nazi German economy. It was on the book of the year lists of both the Financial Times and the Economist. Faced with this longing for American amenities, but without the vast scale of the American land mass or market to supply them, European states must be reduced to the status of a “Switzerland or Holland”.

The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy by Adam Tooze

Expanding to the east would also have the benefit of allowing Germany to gather enough resources to be closer to self-sufficiency, a major concern for a country almost totally lacking in vital strategic materials like oil or steel.

Be the first to ask a question about The Wages of Destruction. In fact, was the “optimal” year to start the war. This was a stellar, if dense book, detruction a very fascinating historical subject. Then the depression hit and the US government ceased to provide these funds, the Hoover administration not having a suitable handle destructiion the destructin to see how it all tied together.

Hitler reasoned that the advantage he had in would only diminish over time. That being said this is a rather amazing book that sets out its premise of why Germany acted the way it did and what were the alternatives.