First published in 1990, this book traces the logic and the peculiarities of German economic development through the Weimar Republic, Third Reich and Federal Republic. Providing a comprehensive analysis of the period. The book also assesses controversial issues, such as the origins of the Great Depression, the primacy of politics or economics in the decision to invade Poland and the future risks to the Weltmeister economy of the Federal Republic oppressed by unemployment, the huge debts of some of its trading partners, and the possibility of worldwide protectionism.
'The book should be part of any economic history collection, for the benefit of graduates, upper-division undergraduates, and specialist alike.' - H. D. Renning, California State University, Stanislaus
Part I. 1870-1948 1. The Economy of the Kaiserreich 1871-1914 2. The First World War 3. Reparations and Inflation 4. Relative Stabilisation 5. The Great Depression 6. The National Socialist Economy 7. The Second World War 8. The Post-War Economy 1945-1948 Part II. The Federal Republic of Germany 1949-1985 9. Economic Growth and Fluctuations 10. Economic Doctrine and Policy 11. Public Finance 12. Capital and Labour 13. Structural Change 14. Foreign Trade