Business in the Age of Extremes

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-01-28
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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This collection of essays explores the impact that nationalism, capitalism, and socialism had on economics during the first half of the twentieth century. Focusing on Central Europe, contributors examine the role that businesspeople and enterprises played in Germany's and Austria's paths to the catastrophe of Nazism. Based on new archival research, the essays gathered here ask how the business community became involved in the political process and describes the consequences arising from that involvement. Particular attention is given to the responses of individual businesspeople to changing political circumstances and their efforts to balance the demands of their consciences with the pursuit for profit.

Table of Contents

From the Late Wilhelmine Empire to the Great Depression
The Kaiser and his ship-owner: Albert Ballin, the HAPAG Shipping Company, and the relationship between industry and politics in imperial Germany and the Early Weimar Republic
Carl Duisberg, the end of World War I, and the birth of social partnership from the spirit of defeat
Austrian reconstruction, 1920-1921: a matter for private business or the League of Nations?
Rudolf Sieghart and the Austrian land credit institution: a case study of the Austrian banking crisis of the 1920s and 1930s
Populism and political entrepreneurship: the universalization of German savings banks and the decline of American savings banks, 1908-1934
The 1931 Central European Banking Crisis revisited
Science and science policy during the Nazi era: the Kaiser Wilhelm Gesellschaft and the Deutsche
'A regulated market economy': new perspectives on the nature of the economic order of the Third Reich, 1933-1939
The personal factor in business under National Socialism: the case of Paul Reusch and Friedrich
Business as usual? Aryanization in practice, 1933-1938
The dispossession of the Jews and the Europeanization of the Holocaust
Managing the assets of the enemy in occupied France: the electrical industry
Appendix:the historian
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