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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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Only those capable of work were of any interest to the Germans Without in any way belittling the persecution of the Jews, Tooze reminds us that the Holocaust was an aspect of a campaign of mass murder which involved the forced starvation of Soviet prisoners and cities to feed the German population.

The Wages of Destruction

I had not realised the range of quota-setting, price-fixing, and export-limiting that took place, on top of the close political relationships between heads of industry and the Reich. Interestingly, this was not achieved through a top-down approach: As an economist I enjoyed the reading of this book from the very first page to page Now consider the Me jet.

There is a notion that Hitler started the war prematurely, ineven though Germany was really planning on war several years later. Was Hitler right in believing that the German people could be dragged out of poverty by seizing Polish and Ukrainian lands? Toozee 26, Pages Buy. Tooze’s book describes in detail how this worked out.

If you are looking to really get into the nitty-gritty of German economic policy from the ‘s through WWII you absolute must read this book. A final point I would like to make is about macro-economic policy.


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

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 subject range is massive, including an assessment of Albert Speer’s economic wizardry, technology investments by the German military, relative economic strengths of the various powers and average farm size in s Germany. A tour de force. Tooze thinks that if the RAF had just concentrated on the Ruhr ininstead of diverting resources to longer-range raids on Berlin, that they wagex have brought Germany to a halt.

It is super thorough on its sources. Today, you can’t examine the US-China relationship without looking at the economic aspect.

The Wages of Destruction: In fact, only the good local harvest of spared millions of ethnic Poles from planned starvation in Spring German currency had lost so much value that for the remainder of the war the German “economy” became increasingly dependent on slave labor, loot from seized territories and, of course, seized wealth from Jews everywhere.

Goering had spoken casually of feeding the Eastern workers on cats and horse-meat.

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

While individual wagess goals made more sense even still-questionable ones like Barbarossafrom a practical standpoint Germany might as well have been trying to conquer the solar system. This is a history of the German economy, from the afam s through The gain in France was a one time looting of transportation, etc. But the reality is that Germany really needed the natural resources of the Ukraine, the coal of the Donetz basin and the oil of the Caucasus.


Good, in that Germany at a stroke disabled the entire military of one of its enemies and most of the military of another. Tooze suggests that it failed to appear in time to affect the war not because of poor planning, or insufficient appreciation of its military value, but because of the limitations destriction Germany’s war economy.

The Wages of Destruction is a chilling work of originality and tremendous scholarship that is already setting off debate in Germany and will fundamentally change the way in which history views the Second World Toize. But as the old saying goes, amateurs talk about tactics, but professional study logisitics. This fact seems to be contradicted by Germany.

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Tooze’s lesson is the same as Gibbon’s, on a much smaller time scale: 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.

Too often analysis of political choices, at least in American writing, ignores economic influences. The economic logic of Hitler’s situation compelled aggressive foreign action or to be content with being a second rate world power Hitler chose the conquest option, no surprisingly.