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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Trivia About Tthe Wages of Dest The author finds parallels, between the balancing of Nazi ideological goals with economic realities, in terms of non-Jews as well as Jews. He reminds us that many of the Jews of Budapest, the last great Jewish community to be liquidated by the Nazis, went into aircraft factories.

Tooze documents how Hitler’s government was driven to some of its most desperate actions by economic constraints, and highlights how cold economic logic was combined with extremist ideology to drive tioze of the worst atrocities in history.

These divisions are certainly not armed and equipped in our sense, in many cases they have tactically inadequate leadership.

While we are bashing Churchill, we can’t ignore FDR. Was Hitler right in believing that the German people could be dragged out of poverty by seizing Polish and Ukrainian lands?

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

And nothing can get to the heart of logistics more than the study of the industrial economies that supported WWII’s massive mechanized forces. At the same time, Mr Tooze demystifies Speer his impact on the war economy, but reveals the hope that was still there in Berlin to win the war wit destruuction technological weapons. To ask other readers questions about The Wages of Destructionplease sign up. It is evident that bureaucratic intervention was the first response to problems.

The War in the East turns from a terrifying near-death 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. But the leadership of the lumpen Nazi movement didn’t suffer from mass insanity and the millions of supporters they eventually gathered in Germany saw real benefits in their program.


He didn’t declare war in because he was gambling, but because there toozr nothing to be gained by waiting.

Tooze documents how Hitler’s government was driven to some of its most desperate actions by economic constraints, and highlights how cold economic logic was c The Wages of Destruction is a brilliant contribution to our understanding of events in the s and s. Still, the truth is that, at the end of s, the US were incredibly ill prepared for war, and that it required an incredible organisational effort to set this right.

The million Reichsmarks deposited by the VW savers were lost in the post-war inflation. The Wages of Destruction is an eye-opening and controversial account that will challenge conventional interpretations of the period and will find an enthusiastic readership among fans of Ian Kershaw and Richard Evans.

Inspired by Your Browsing History. Despite its great body of dense text, this is a well-written and quite readable book. This book also requires the reader to have an established grasp of the history being covered, and also deals with many complex charts, figures, and explanations.

Surprisingly, contrary to the Holocaust, the Hungerplan was not kept secret: It is, indeed, a daunting task to provide a truly fresh perspective on the Nazi economy and rearmament amid the vast literature on the topic. So by all means, give the Germans whatever they want, just as long as it helps delay the start of hostilities.

The Wages of Destruction

Unfortunately for Og, despite their massive military spending at the expense of the civilian economy much touted public works like the autobahn or the Volkswagen made surprisingly negligible contributions to Germany’s recovery from the Depressionand even after years of treaty-defying rearmament, they were barely at parity with Britain or France.

This desfruction of course completely inconsistent with the view we have nowadays of Germany as an economic superpower, but Tooze illustrates that, in the s and s, it was only in some specific sectors that Germany was an advanced economy. Hovering over his chronicle are two extraordinary questions: What can I say?


We follow central planners to our own detriment. The allies were outmaneuvered and outfought, but destguction Germans didn’t have a decisive advantage in tanks or aircraft. Nov 10, Daniel rated it really liked it. So if FDR needed a European war, and he needed an enemy to strike the USA first, in order to convince the American people to go to war, well, that explains why war with Japan had to begin.

Another lesson I learned from this book is how brutal it is to serve Mars. Germany’s stunning victory over Britain and France was both good and bad for them. 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.

An interwar Germany without Nazism might well have gone to war against most of Europe with the aim of securing economic hegemony, but without Nazism’s influence on German policy-making Heather Pringle’s The Master Plan, among other books, provides an overview of some of Nazism’s inherent irrationality it seems quite unlikely whether a Nazi-less Germany would ever have come up with such manifestly counterproductive schemes as liquidating the populations of eastern Europe.

While individual military goals made more sense even still-questionable ones like Barbarossafrom a practical standpoint Germany might as well have dsstruction trying to conquer the solar system.

In short, Tooze claims that the weaknesses of the German economy were not the result of the infighting and chaos within the Nazi regime, but were the inevitable results of structural weaknesses of the German economy. As a crucial part of his connection of the economy and ideology, The ways in which the Nazi government kept this imbalance under some control, before and during the war, were often ingenious yet always temporary.