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Paying for Hitler's War
The Consequences of Nazi Hegemony for Europe

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Jonas Scherner, Eugene N. White, Carsten Burhop, Johann Custodis, Marcel Boldorf, Martijn Lak, Kim Oosterlinck, Fabian Lemmes, Harald Espeli, Eric Golson, Steen Andersen, Jari Eloranta, Ilkka Nummela, Jaromir Balcar, Jaroslav Kucera, Vera Asenova, Kim Christian Priemel, Romana Bräu
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  • During World War II, Germany occupied much of continental Europe. Although the social and political history of this occupation has been studied extensively, the economics of the unprecedented transfer of resources has received surprisingly little attention. Allies, neutrals, and conquered nations under German hegemony were a vital source of supplies for Hitler's war machine. Without the war material, consumer goods and labor they provided, Germany would not have been able to wage a prolonged multi-front war. All of these countries suffered enormous losses, but each had a distinct experience that depended on Germany's wartime needs, whether they were allied, occupied or neutral, and their place in Nazi racial ideology. Paying for Hitler's War is a comparative economic study which explores these different experiences through case studies of twelve nations spanning the European continent.

    • Explores the economic impact of Nazi occupation in Europe
    • Uses case studies of twelve different countries to compare the economic impact of German occupation
    • Contrasts the different experiences of different countries in relation to whether they were occupied by or allied to Germany
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    'Paying for Hitler's War marks an important new stage of scholarship about that tragic conflict.' Mark Harrison, EH.Net

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    • Publication planned for: April 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108628280
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 53 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Jonas Scherne and Eugene N. White
    Part I. Germany's Wartime Dilemma:
    1. Putting Versailles into perspective - Germany's economic aims for a victorious war in 1918 Carsten Burhop
    2. Germany's financial policies in Europe under Nazi hegemony - some fundamental principles, conflicts, and results Jonas Scherner
    3. Employing the enemy - the economic exploitation of POW and foreign labor from occupied territories by Nazi Germany Johann Custodis
    Part II. The Occupied West:
    4. The long shadow of Vichy - the long-term consequences of German occupation in France Eugene N. White
    5. Forced collaboration, entrepreneurial strategies, and their long-term effects in France Marcel Boldorf
    6. The Netherlands in ruins? Postwar economic problems in the Netherlands as a result of the German occupation Martijn Lak
    7. La politique du moindre mal - twice-occupied Belgium Kim Oosterlinck and Eugene N. White
    8. The economic and social impact of German construction programs in occupied France and Italy, 1940–5 Fabian Lemmes
    Part III. Northern Europe:
    9. Economic effects of the German occupation of Norway, 1940–5 Harald Espeli
    10. Sweden as an occupied country? Swedish-belligerent trade during World War II Eric Golson
    11. The impact of the German occupation in Denmark, 1940–5 Steen Andersen
    12. Master and slave? Equal partners? Economic interactions and exchange of strategic resources between Germany and Finland during the Second World War Jari Eloranta and Ilkka Nummela
    Part IV. Eastern Europe:
    13. System transformation as a consequence of war? Czechoslovakia's path from war to a planned economy Jaromir Balcar and Jaroslav Kucera
    14. German economic exploitation of Bulgaria, 1932–44 - short-term policies and long-term institutional effects Vera Asenova
    15. Soviet economic warfare, the German occupation of Ukraine, and the economics of the limiting factor Kim Christian Priemel
    16. The economic consequences of German occupation policy in Poland Romana Bräu.

  • Editors

    Jonas Scherner, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
    Jonas Scherner is Professor of Modern European Economic History at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim.

    Eugene N. White, Rutgers University, New Jersey
    Eugene N. White is Distinguished Professor of Economics at Rutgers University, New Jersey and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Massachusetts.

    Contributors

    Jonas Scherner, Eugene N. White, Carsten Burhop, Johann Custodis, Marcel Boldorf, Martijn Lak, Kim Oosterlinck, Fabian Lemmes, Harald Espeli, Eric Golson, Steen Andersen, Jari Eloranta, Ilkka Nummela, Jaromir Balcar, Jaroslav Kucera, Vera Asenova, Kim Christian Priemel, Romana Bräu

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