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Nazi economic imperialism and the exploitation of the small: evidence from Germany's secret foreign exchange

Ritschl, Albrecht (2001) Nazi economic imperialism and the exploitation of the small: evidence from Germany's secret foreign exchange. Economic History Review, 54 (2). pp. 324-345. ISSN 1468-0289

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Abstract

This article re-examines the hypothesis of Hirschman and Child that Nazi trade policy before the Second World War exploited the smaller European countries. Archival evidence on foreign exchange balances for 1938-40 shows that trade policies alone had only a small effect. Earlier dependence of south-eastern Europe on Germany was caused partly by the collapse of south-east European trade with the Soviet Union. Adjusted figures reveal a regional pattern similar to that of 1913. Generally, exploitation began with military occupation, but was then on a massive scale. Results again confirm Milward's findings on the westward orientation of the German war economy.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0013-0117
Additional Information: © 2001 Blackwell Publishing
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2009 15:44
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/25946/

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