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The Economics of World War II

The Economics of World War II
Six Great Powers in International Comparison


Part of Studies in Macroeconomic History

Mark Harrison, Stephen Broadberry, Peter Howlett, Hugh Rockoff, Werner Abeshauser, Vera Zamagni, Akira Hara
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  • Date Published: June 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521785037

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  • This book provides a new quantitative view of the wartime economic experiences of six great powers; the UK, the USA, Germany, Italy, Japan and the USSR. What contribution did economics made to war preparedness and to winning or losing the war? What was the effect of wartime experiences on postwar fortunes, and did those who won the war lose the peace? A chapter is devoted to each country, reviewing its economic war potential, military-economic policies and performance, war expenditures and development, while the introductory chapter presents a comparative overview. The result of an international collaborative project, the volume aims to provide a text of statistical reference for students and researchers interested in international and comparative economic history, the history of World War II, the history of economic policy, and comparative economic systems. It embodies the latest in economic analysis and historical research.

    • Examines the effect of economics on the outcomes of the war
    • Highly acclaimed in hardback, now available in paper
    • The result of an international collaborative project
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    'How this mobilization [of economic resources] was carried out, and with what consequences, is the subject of this magnificent collection of essays... [it is] the best analysis yet available of the war economies of the major Allied and Axis powers. The book is filled with original statistical material. Each contributor, even for economies where much is already known - Britain, the United States and Germany - has supplied a lively text, peppered with fresh insights and new perspectives. For countries where the basic wartime economic narrative is not yet available to English-speakers - Japan, Italy, the Soviet Union - the contributors have done a remarkable job in providing the quantitative framework without which no comparison can effectively be drawn between the economic war efforts of the six.' Richard Overy, The Times Literary Supplement

    'Here is no commonplace collective volume, but a splendidly organised compendium of reference and interpretation for all readers interested in the war and an indispensable base for all further enquiry into it.' Alan Milward, The Times Higher Education Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521785037
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 114 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    List of abbreviations
    1. The economics of World War II: an overview Mark Harrison
    2. The United Kingdom: 'Victory at all costs' Stephen Broadberry and Peter Howlett
    3. The United States: from ploughshares to swords Hugh Rockoff
    4. Germany: guns, butter and economic miracles Werner Abelshauser
    5. Italy: how to lose the war and win the peace Vera Zamagni
    6. Japan: guns before rice Akira Hara
    7. The Soviet Union: the defeated victor Mark Harrison

  • Editor

    Mark Harrison, University of Warwick
    Mark Harrison writes about the history and economics of Russia, conflict, defence and security. He is a Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick. He is also a research fellow of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Birmingham and of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.


    Mark Harrison, Stephen Broadberry, Peter Howlett, Hugh Rockoff, Werner Abeshauser, Vera Zamagni, Akira Hara

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