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After the Slump

Industry and Politics in 1930s Britain and Germany

Christoph Buchheim and Redvers Garside

In comparative international terms, the economic depression in Britain in the thirties was relatively mild. Her recovery, moreover, was earlier and more sustained than in other advanced countries. Although Germany experienced a marked decline in economic activity during the depression, her recovery was very rapid indeed. One might therefore conclude that economic policies pursued in both countries in the thirties, which included widespread cartelization, price fixing, protectionism, and, especially in Germany, a large increase in state demand, were particularly effective. It is suggested in this volume, however, that the positive short-term effects of economic recovery policies in Britain and Germany in the thirties need to be considered alongside the likely costs imposed on longer-term economic performance.
Contents: Redvers Garside: The Political Economy of Structural Change: Britain in the 1930s – Christoph Buchheim: The Upswing of German Industry in the Thirties – Mark Spoerer: Industrial Profitability in the Nazi Economy – Josef Reindl: Cartels and the Perils of Power: British and German Electrical Engineering Industry During the 1930s in Long-term Perspective – Julian Greaves: British Steel in the 1930s: Adaptation under Duress? – Leonard Schwarz: German Technological Development During the 1930s: The Retrospective View of British Engineers and Scientists – Wolfgang Bopp: The Evolution of the Pricing Policy for Public Orders During the Third Reich – Duncan M. Ross / Dieter Ziegler: Problems of Industrial Finance Between the Wars – Claudia Kaiser: Trade Union Reactions to Economic Crisis: Britain and Germany in the Early 1930s – Christoph Cornelißen: Administrative Elites in British and German Social Policy in the 1930s.