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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At the very least it is an important first step in shattering the myths surrounding “The Good War. To make matters worse, different military initiatives required completely different production, so Nazi war planners found themselves jumping from priority to priority as targets shifted. Only those capable of work were of any interest to the Tkoze Oct 30, Kyle rated it it was amazing.

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. But the persistent reader will be rewarded by a book which confirms that the final word on one of the defining events of the 20th century has probably not yet been written. The German people suffered terribly in the Nazi’s effort to save themselves.

As a crucial part of his connection of the economy and ideology, Taking over Austria, yes; seizing the Sudetenland, sure; closing off the Polish Corridor, of course; but why go to war barely 6 years after taking power, way before For all tozoe horrors, World War 2 is undeniably a really cool war to look at from a military perspective. The Second World War was fought, And interesting recurring theme in the early Nazi administration was foreign exchange reserves.

The author finds parallels, between the balancing of Nazi ideological goals with economic realities, in terms of non-Jews as well as Jews. The overall strategy was sensible as far as it went, but in fact the gamble didn’t pay off — weapons development is hard to rush. There are many surprises and many comforting myths we have been telling ourselves are busted. Germany would never be able to create wealth for its impoverished populace via free trade.


Hitler believed sheer power of will could overcome any obstacle, and persuaded many to embrace this delusion. The above reality illustrates what lf made the USA a war juggernaut: The War in the East turns from a terrifying fooze experience for the entire human race into a gigantic and ridiculous blunder that persisted as long as it did only because of a series of minor miracles.

To ask other readers questions about The Wages of Destructionplease sign up. Poles faced malnutrition and starvation conditions during the German occupation.

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It is a bit of a puzzle to me why it has entered collective memory in the same way the Holocaust has. Feb 26, Pages Buy. Removing the need to import important resources would have reduced the need rhe acquire foreign currency through export, as well as lessening the tension between production for domestic use and production for rearmament.

Germany entered the war with no foreign exchange, and lousy credit. This alone should raise interest or potentially hackles. Thanks for telling topze about the problem. Man’s power is mercifully limited. Aware that it was only a matter of time before the American giant stirred, Hitler was wise to act with such precipitate haste, to launch the arms race, to annex Austria and the Sudetenland, to exploit a sudden diplomatic opportunity to invade Poland, to smash westwards ineven to invade the Soviet Union the following year.

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If you think you have read all you need about World War 2, think again. In particular, Germany had a persistent balance of payments problem, due to dependency on imports of key primary inputs iron ore, oil, wheat, etc. Yet, bureaucracy was also repeatedly blamed for slow production, etc. Workers were badly needed to make tolze, but Nazi ideology required the death of millions of Jews and others seen as undesirable.

It was a structural problem, exacerbated by rearmament. Lists with This Book. A barter economy destrucgion. Hitler reasoned that the advantage he had in would only diminish over time.

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

Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? This clearly reinforces the fact that Hitler was no threat to the US. One wonders if Tooze has ever spoken to his parents about the war or to the men who fought those hard fights.


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. Once Operation Barbarossa failed, the Nazis understood clearly that their days were numbered. Though it’s hard to appreciate now, Germany in the s was not a very rich or developed country at all.

The Germans murdered millions of Soviet citizens. In addition to the well-argued points that Tooze advances, the book taught me some memorable facts. For the non economist and lay history lover such as my self this really gave me the answers to a lot of questions I had had that were never been discussed in any depth in the many previous books and items I had read and the various documentaries Ada, have seen about the Nazi economy.

Good, in that Germany at a stroke disabled the entire military of one of its enemies and most of the military of another. Further, the raising of tariffs and economic barriers stifled German exports, which festruction essential for maintaining their foriegn currency reserve and for debt servicing.

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This one time economic solution assumed Russia would collapse as did France; it was an unimaginable gamble, because the end of destructino an economic abyss. The horrors of the Holocaust and the other other German atrocities also have economic underpinings.

As I grew up I developed a more nuanced view of the war. The intermixing of racial beliefs and economics gave me a new perspective on the conflict. I got it recommended because it demystifies the economic miracle under the nazis and it does a great job explaining the logic between ideology and policy-making. Books about economic history History books about Nazi Germany books British books 21st-century history books Economics and finance book stubs German history book stubs Nazi Germany stubs Europe political book stubs World War II book stubs.