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The Economics of World War II: Six Great Powers in International Comparison (Studies in Macroeconomic History) [Paperback]

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26 Jun 2000 Studies in Macroeconomic History
This book provides a new quantitative view of the wartime economic experiences of six great powers; the UK, the USA, Germany, Italy, Japan and the USSR. What contribution did economics made to war preparedness and to winning or losing the war? What was the effect of wartime experiences on postwar fortunes, and did those who won the war lose the peace? A chapter is devoted to each country, reviewing its economic war potential, military-economic policies and performance, war expenditures and development, while the introductory chapter presents a comparative overview. The result of an international collaborative project, the volume aims to provide a text of statistical reference for students and researchers interested in international and comparative economic history, the history of World War II, the history of economic policy, and comparative economic systems. It embodies the latest in economic analysis and historical research.

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  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (26 Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521785030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521785037
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 500,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Professor of economics at the University of Warwick; research fellow at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham, and the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. I work on the history of Russia and communism, and the economics of fighting, stealing, cheating, lying, and spying. I blog on economics, security, and international affairs at http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/markharrison/

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'How this mobilization [of economic resources] was carried out, and with what consequences, is the subject of this magnificent collection of essays... [it is] the best analysis yet available of the war economies of the major Allied and Axis powers. The book is filled with original statistical material. Each contributor, even for economies where much is already known - Britain, the United States and Germany - has supplied a lively text, peppered with fresh insights and new perspectives. For countries where the basic wartime economic narrative is not yet available to English-speakers - Japan, Italy, the Soviet Union - the contributors have done a remarkable job in providing the quantitative framework without which no comparison can effectively be drawn between the economic war efforts of the six.' Richard Overy, The Times Literary Supplement

'Here is no commonplace collective volume, but a splendidly organised compendium of reference and interpretation for all readers interested in the war and an indispensable base for all further enquiry into it.' Alan Milward, The Times Higher Education Supplement

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This book provides a new quantitative view of the wartime economic experiences of six great powers: the UK, the USA, Germany, Italy, Japan and the USSR. The result of an international collaborative project, it embodies the latest in economic analysis and historical research.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars macroeconomic overview of major combatants 30 Dec 1998
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This book is a very learned overview of the macro-economic factors affecting the WWII war economies of major combatants. A certain degree of acquaintance with economic monetary theory is advisable. The fact that it includes all the major players is valuable (any article on Italy's war efforts is always welcome!), but the emphasis some of the articles give to econometric treatment is, frankly, irrelevant to understanding most of the war effort, especially when one is talking of survival. The book also tries to analyse how wartime experience helped shape the post war economy, a field in which it it quite successful. It is worth noting, by the way, that generally speaking all the authors seem to agree that wartime investment in capital formation and technical training schemes paid off for the vanquished, whilst in the case of the USSR, the amount of war destruction and the political predominance of the "industrial-military complex" led, ultimately, to economic stagnation.
Advisable for anyone with a serious interest in wartime economics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars macroeconomic overview of major combatants 30 Dec 1998
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This book is a very learned overview of the macro-economic factors affecting the WWII war economies of major combatants. A certain degree of acquaintance with economic monetary theory is advisable. The fact that it includes all the major players is valuable (any article on Italy's war efforts is always welcome!), but the emphasis some of the articles give to econometric treatment is, frankly, irrelevant to understanding most of the war effort, especially when one is talking of survival. The book also tries to analyse how wartime experience helped shape the post war economy, a field in which it it quite successful. It is worth noting, by the way, that generally speaking all the authors seem to agree that wartime investment in capital formation and technical training schemes paid off for the vanquished, whilst in the case of the USSR, the amount of war destruction and the political predominance of the "industrial-military complex" led, ultimately, to economic stagnation.
Advisable for anyone with a serious interest in wartime economics.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too technical 13 Sep 2008
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This books sets out to compare development of the wartime economies of the six major antagonists of World War Two; the USA, USSR and United Kingdom for the Allies and Germany, Italy and Japan for the Axis.

The detail provided for each country is vastly different. The quality of raw data available to each chapter's author was obviously variable but the editor could have done much more to align the data and presentation.

The book is too technical for a non-economist reader, with little explanation of the tables of economic data it contains. The standard of English in some chapters is also quite poor.

Despite the book's best efforts, there remains a gap in the market for a readily digestible presentation of the economic aspects of World War II.
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