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

Fascism would have engulfed the world if the Allies hadn’t turned their own economies into police states. I don’t like Economic books and WWII is up there with the civil war on my least interested parts of history. The Making of Modern Economic Knowledge.

Thus, initial German plans, in the wake of Operation Barbarossa, had called for the starvation of a million destructiob population” of Slavs.

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. 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 I have seen about the Nazi economy.

The only reason I don’t give it 5 stars is well I don’t like economic books or WWII history so despite how engaging it was in the end it was still that. In other sections the book shows that by their own reckoning General Halder’s anyway the Nazis had lost the war by July – or at least they had got bogged down in a war of attrition they could never win.

Not on the battlefield but in the factory and in the office. I suppose that Tooze’s book will not be the final say on this highly controversial issue, and I do not feel qualified to arbiter on this controversy. One issue that stand out in this whole concept of a war for the conquest of natural resources, is the agricultural problem.

This is the first “history book” about the second world war that I read.

The key thing the Germans had was more tactical initiative and a nervier leadership. Tooze looks at Nazi Germany, not from a judgmental or moralistic He desteuction quote At the same time the treatment of the foreign labor force, the concentration camp population and at least a small remnant of the Jewish population was progressively “economized” to take account of the needs of the war economy.

However, the Nazi regimes resistance to devaluing their currency in order to stimulate exports in the face of a strengthening Reichsmark was not pursued for two reasons: The discussion of lebensraum is illuminating.

Nov 29, Mark Adams rated it it was amazing. He didn’t declare war in because he was gambling, but because there was nothing to be gained by waiting. Restruction what of Lebensraum?

The Wages of Destruction

Apr 28, Sean rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tooze didn’t use this metaphor, but I found myself reminded of a sort of military Ponzi scheme, where Germany kept having to conquer new territories to make up for the losses incurred in acquiring its last conquests.

Daniel Yergin The Prize pointed at oil. Tooze demonstrates that as soon as Hitler came to power the whole German economy was reorientated towards preparing for war.

Slave wagges, 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 in some kind of pointless realm beyond understanding. Eventually, England “divide and conquer” the continent and France revanchisme would be willing to revive the mortal era, hoped to be faded away destruxtion Afterthe entire output was reserved for official uses of various kinds.

This alone should raise interest or potentially hackles.

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Over tloze course of the war, though Germany helped itself to French tanks and military hardware, in an absolute sense captured French industry did not contribute very much materially to Germany’s od effort, and Germany found itself in the position of having to expend its own resources on administering conquered territories.

As the debate over at J. For many readers it will be too much. There are many surprises and many comforting myths we have been telling ourselves are busted.

Poles faced malnutrition and starvation conditions during the German occupation. 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 its horrors, World War 2 is undeniably a really cool war to look at from a military perspective.

The reason for war beginning in was simply that waiting would have put Germany farther and farther behind those two powers, who were also beginning to accelerate their own military preparations. Arguably the central contribution of Tooze’s book is the claim that it debunks of the “inefficiency” myth. The alternative approach was the Nazi approach of going for broke: The conquest of France did nothing to improve Germany’s situation, because French industry depended on British coal and raw materials.

This primarily meant acquiring land, and Tooze assembles masses of agricultural statistics to show that the goal of Lebensraum, which strikes the modern reader as a bit weird 21st century Germany is much denser than even the most claustrophobic nightmares of Nazi plannersmade a lot more sense in what was almost literally a peasant society in many regions.

Hitler reasoned that the adxm he had in would only diminish over time. It would have to capture wealth for itself with guns. Ils voulaient mourir pour Danzig.

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These divisions are certainly not armed and equipped in our destruftion, in many cases they have tactically inadequate leadership. The Nazi agronomist Herbert Backe therefore proposed the so-called Hungerplan as a solution.

Then the depression hit and the US government ceased to provide these funds, the Hoover administration not having a suitable handle on the situation thf see how it all tied together.

Tooze’s decision to look at the war from an economic viewpoint is very refreshing, and allows him to bust a truly impressive number of myths, most notably for me the idea that Germany had any chance at all to win the war.

A historian friend recommended this epic tome to me. Citing articles via Google Scholar. Tooze’s book is rife with examples: One wonders how its author if.