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War and Economy in the Third Reich$
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R. J. Overy

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202905

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202905.001.0001

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Hitler’s War and the German Economy: A Reinterpretation

Hitler’s War and the German Economy: A Reinterpretation

(p.233) 8 Hitler’s War and the German Economy: A Reinterpretation
War and Economy in the Third Reich

R. J. Overy

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the concept of Blitzkrieg economics and suggests an alternative interpretation based on a reassessment of Adolf Hitler's intentions and the response of the German economy to the demands of war in 1939. The fact that the large armament failed to materialise was not due to any Blitzkrieg conception, but to the fact that economic preparations were out of step with the course of foreign policy; a dislocation that was exacerbated after 1939 by a combination of poor planning, structural constraints within German industry, and weaknesses in the process of constructing and communicating policy. The intention was large-scale mobilisation. Hitler's object, in the long run, was European conquest and world hegemony.

Keywords:   Blitzkrieg, Adolf Hitler, Germany, economy, foreign policy, industry, mobilisation, conquest, world hegemony

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