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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Nov 13, Jan Peczkis rated it really liked it. The first books narrating the second world ward emphasized Hitler’s dilettantic approach to military affairs, and his inability to define priorities in the Russian campaign is often thhe as illustration for this.

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As so many large conflicts, the Second World War was decided by economic factors as much as by the force of arms. This was effectively the approach tried under the Weimar Republic. A tour de force. The author even denies the existence of Albert Speer armaments miracle. I believe this book answers that question dewtruction the negative.

The Wages of Destruction – ADAM TOOZE

The allies were outmaneuvered and outfought, but the Germans didn’t have a decisive advantage in tanks or aircraft. Tooze assesses the Nazi actions against Slavs as follows, “Poland and the western Soviet Union were practically eviscerated. A lf de force. The million Reichsmarks deposited by the VW savers were lost in the post-war inflation.

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One thing that struck me as mysterious, though, was the ambivalent relationship between Nazi economic management and the concept of bureaucracy. Because leaders like FDR made it clear that they were Hitler’s implacable enemies, despite any clear gain from being so. A must read for World War II scholars. The Third Reich J. Tooze has an academic yet engaging style, managing a difficult balancing act with abstract economic concepts and horrific war crimes.

Superb book that demystifies the events of the s and s on continental Europe. The USA’s involvement in helping shape the Nazi monster goes much deeper. Faced with this longing for American amenities, but without the vast scale of the American land mass or market to supply them, European states must be reduced to the status of a “Switzerland or Holland”. Once Operation Barbarossa failed, the Nazis understood clearly that their days were numbered.


Tooze’s emphasis on American industrial power, illuminating as it is, has the effect of downplaying the Soviet Union, and reducing the fight with Britain to a sideshow.

For Hitler, it was the fall of or never. Germany, in Tooze’s convincing depiction, was a country with an economy that saw little to no net growth over the two decades that followed the First World War, with an urban working class that could barely afford to sustain itself and a peasantry forced to subsist on overcrowded land and little prospect of this changing.

Trivia About The Wages of Dest In the first world war, Germany had come very close to a massive famine, and it was confronted with similar risk in the second world war.

However, the collapse of Communism has proven that a free market economy always outproduces a centrally planned one. On this issue, in a very real way, it was the German people who were the aggrieved party, and the Allies who were the aggressors.

Also by Adam Tooze. In the s the German economy was underdeveloped relative to Britain destfuction especially America, with a large agricultural sector of low productivity.

The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy

It is much more rare to see an analysis of the economic situation facing leaders and how this constrains their behavior. Tooze explores how the balance of payments in Germany greatly influenced its foreign policy throughout the 30s.

In short, Tooze claims that the weaknesses of the German economy ddestruction not the result of the infighting and chaos within the Nazi regime, but were the inevitable results of structural weaknesses of the German economy. Whatever else it was, Adolf Hitler’s short-lived regime was also a colossal industrial process by which the wealth and productive power of much of Europe was wrenched from its normal purposes and converted into a machine for killing. But the persistent wagws will be rewarded by a book which confirms that the final word on one of the defining events of the 20th century has probably not yet been written.


As an economist I enjoyed the reading of this book from the very first page to page The conquest of the West actually made Germany’s situation even worse as the areas conquered, the Low Countries and France, were also importers of these key resources.

Stalin was coming to extract retribution, and only by driving the German people and their slaves mercilessly could the Nazis delay destruction. Jul 16, Ari rated it really liked it Shelves: Once the account balance had reached Reichsmarks, the customer was entitled to delivery of a VW.

We need more books like Tooze’s that examine these things. Germany needed resources Lebensraum and allies. The writing, however, is anything but. This book is rooze slog to read but worth the effort in exposing the economic side of Hitler’s madness.

In fact, was the “optimal” year to start the war. But waiting wouldn’t have helped — with western mobilization destrucyion full swing, the balance of power was trending against Germany.

Pf Tooze, there was after a “compromise”, or rather a succession of them, between exterminating people and setting them to make ammunition or aircraft. To make matters worse, different military initiatives required completely different production, so Nazi war planners found themselves jumping from priority to priority as targets shifted. Poles faced malnutrition and starvation conditions during adak German occupation.

Ongoing Research Wages of Destruction was based on pioneering archival research into the German armaments economy.

Success would come quickly nor not at all.