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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This is an excellent work. The Nazi’s obsession with Lebensraum reflected a very really issue with the productivity of German agriculture, and even serious agronomists agreed that a substantial increase in the scale of agricultural activity was required.

This freed his government to rule by decree. But as the old saying goes, amateurs talk about tactics, but professional study logisitics. The Wages of Destruction is a non-fiction book detailing the economic history of Nazi Germany. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.

The Wages of Destruction

Of the latter, aboutwere Poles. I have served as an officer in the Belgian army logistics. Tooze magnificently lays out the details and relationships within the German economy and how it explains the actions and results of WWII. May 17, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: I couldn’t get enough of the Manichean clash of good versus evil with good triumphing naturally. Hunger was constantly employed as destructikn weapon.

Excellent read for economics, history and strategy buffs. The author is well spoken and his writing is engaging. While Tooze raised my opinion of the quality of German wartime economic planning, he really brought home what a stupid idea it was to try to conquer all of Europe.

In Tooze’s account, the Nazi regime kept taking wayes gambles — first, that they could attack Poland without a decisive allied thrust in the West, next that they could outmaneuver the allies in May ofnext that they could somehow knock Britain out of the war in by air or sea, and finally that they could crush the Red Army within two hundred miles of the frontier.

The massive scale of forced labour used by the Nazis is very difficult to comprehend; their willingness to starve and kill millions is impossible to comprehend. Wages was the subject of a discussion forum in the journal of Historical Materialism volume 22 And we are told that Germany was a serious military threat to the US???


We need more books like Tooze’s that examine these things. One wonders how its author fared. 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 originality of the book, and what labels it as a performance of the 21st century, is the overwhelming role Tooze accords the United States as a figment of Hitler’s fears destrruction imagination.

There were many assassination attempts against him even before the war by rational patriots, but incredibly he survived them all. Germany entered the war with no foreign exchange, and lousy credit. Hovering over his chronicle are two extraordinary questions: In conclusion, a centrally-planned economy cannot be managed efficiently enough to win a war against a free market one, all deatruction things being equal.

These would then be produced at the lowest possible price, enabling the German population to achieve an immediate breakthrough to a higher standard of living.

And nothing can get to the heart of logistics more wagew the study of the industrial economies that supported WWII’s massive mechanized forces. As hunger began to affect the Germans, it was to be passed down to Jews and then Poles.

Tooze provides abundant evidence for his argument that Germany in the s and s, far from being a uniquely advanced economy full of V-2s and Volkswagens, actually lagged behind its competitors.

As the war turns against Hitler, the air becomes dark and bitter cold, and we pass into Speer’s subterranean armaments factories and on to the selection ramp at Auschwitz. Over the 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 kf materially to Germany’s war effort, and Germany found itself in the position of having to expend its own resources on administering conquered territories. He ignores Hitler’s prison testament, Mein Kampfwith its anti-capitalist and anti-Jewish ranting, in favour of the so-called Zweites Buch Second Bookwritten four years later but not published until the s.


In terms of originality and the sheer volume of information, this is one of the best history books I have read in the last 10 years.

It is a basic macro-economic insight that, if aggregate demand increases more quickly than an economy’s production capacity, inflation will follow. Dec 29, Sylv C rated it it was amazing.

There is a widespread belief that the Nazis weren’t at “full war production” until There are many surprises and many comforting myths we have been telling ourselves are busted. One thing that struck me as mysterious, though, was the ambivalent relationship between Nazi economic management and the concept of bureaucracy.

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The Wages of Destruction – ADAM TOOZE

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. We follow central teh to our own detriment.

He shows that the rapidly-increasing German war production leveled off during and after the Battle of the Ruhr and the bombing of Hamburg, in mid Germany took basically all of its able-bodied men off the farm, and required huge food imports to avoid the mass starvation of World War 1.

There is a very widespread view adqm strategic bombing was unworkable.

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The single goal of the Nazi Party was to transform Germany from the hemmed-in, middle-weight power it was into a true competitor to Britain, with its world empire, and America, with its continental resources. Perhaps Tooze’s most significant contribution is his connection of Nazi economic history to new historiographic approaches that have more fully explored Nazi ideology and the functioning of Nazi society, a link that has, according to Tooze, been woefully ignored.

The conquest of France did nothing to adak Germany’s situation, because French gooze depended on British coal and raw materials.