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..." an outstanding empirical analysis of Nazi-Germany in peacetime." --"The Economic History Review"
"Even for those who are aware of Mason's pioneering work on the Third Reich, this edition is a "must" ... highly recommended." --"History and Politics"
..." a monument to scholarship." --"Patterns of Prejudice"
..." 'Sozialpolitik im Dritten Reich', of which the above-mentioned volume is the first English translation, has become a classic." --"European Studies Newsletter"
..." a superb and concise survey of many of the key debates about National Socialism over the last twenty years." --"German History"


.,." an outstanding empirical analysis of Nazi-Germany in peacetime." --"The Economic History Review""Even for those who are aware of Mason's pioneering work on the Third Reich, this edition is a "must" ... highly recommended." --"History and Politics,,"." a monument to scholarship." --"Patterns of Prejudice,,"." 'Sozialpolitik im Dritten Reich', of which the above-mentioned volume is the first English translation, has become a classic." --"European Studies Newsletter,,"." a superb and concise survey of many of the key debates about National Socialism over the last twenty years." --"German History"

.".. an outstanding empirical analysis of Nazi-Germany in peacetime." --"The Economic History Review"

"Even for those who are aware of Mason's pioneering work on the Third Reich, this edition is a "must" ... highly recommended." --"History and Politics"

.".. a monument to scholarship." --"Patterns of Prejudice"

.".. 'Sozialpolitik im Dritten Reich', of which the above-mentioned volume is the first English translation, has become a classic." --"European Studies Newsletter"

.".. a superb and concise survey of many of the key debates about National Socialism over the last twenty years." --"German History"


... an outstanding empirical analysis of Nazi-Germany in peacetime. "The Economic History Review"

Even for those who are aware of Mason's pioneering work on the Third Reich, this edition is a "must" ... highly recommended. "History and Politics"

... a monument to scholarship. "Patterns of Prejudice"

... 'Sozialpolitik im Dritten Reich', of which the above-mentioned volume is the first English translation, has become a classic. "European Studies Newsletter"

... a superb and concise survey of many of the key debates about National Socialism over the last twenty years. "German History""

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Many social and economic historians will be pleased to learn that this pioneering study is at long last available in English translation. This book analyses the attitudes and policies of the Nazi leadership towards the German working class. It argues that the regime did not securely integrate the working class and was thus very uncertain of itself when it came to imposing mass economic sacrifices in the interests of forced rearmament. With a growing labour shortage in the late 1930s, industrial conflict re-emerged: these two factors slowed down military preparations for war and may well, it is argued, have influenced Hitler's foreign policy in 1938/39. The author has added a substantial epilogue to this edition in which he responds to the main criticisms, aroused by the German original, and assesses the relevance of more recent research to the arguments put forward. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Monkey Model Mason 1 Dec. 2015
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Back in the good (bad?) old days, when the Soviets sold military equipment to Third World countries, they usually peddled inferior versions of their own designs (informally known as "monkey models") with drastically reduced capabilities and options. This practice gave Soviet weapons systems a rather undeservedly poor reputation in the West, since we saw only these cheap copies they sent abroad in the proxy wars we fought against the Soviet client states, and not the high-quality materiel they kept to themselves. If we are to be a little frivolous, this is also, effectively, what editor Jane Caplan does to eminent Marxian historian Timothy Mason's scholarship by putting out this book.

When it was first issued in the 1970s (in German), the late Professor Mason's pathbreaking study "Arbeiterklasse und Volksgemeinschaft" (Working Class and National Community) was a scholarly tour de force, a theretofore unparalleled examination of the Nazi regime's social policies and labor relations. It still remains of great value today, even for those of us who do not share Mason's Marxian interpretations, simply for the many valuable documents he reproduced in his book. No serious student of Nazi social policy can ignore it, however much he may disagree with Mason's conclusions.

Here, however, while the publisher seems to market this as the long-awaited English translation of "Arbeiterklasse," we are instead treated to a far inferior work: an English version of the dumbed-down, much-abridged German paperback edition. Mason's extensive collection of documents has been cut wholesale, with the interested reader referred to the German original -- Which largely defeats the whole point of issuing a translation, since the printed source material was really the heart of Mason's study. (He considered what remains of it here to be, in essence, a mere introduction to the documents.) To give some indication of what is missing, it is maybe three quarters of the bulk of the original which this edition completely omits.

To compensate for this, Caplan updates the bibliography and appends a somewhat rambling afterword pasted together from various articles and unfinished manuscripts by Mason from his last years. While this new material is not altogether uninteresting, especially the light it sheds on his disagreements with the interpretations of his fellow British economic historian David Overy, it rather overwhelmingly fails to make up for what was not included.

As it is, this book is a lost opportunity to make available to a wider, international audience a great academic work which holds the not common distinction of being both pioneering and of enduring utility to students of later generations. By shoddy abridgment and rearrangement, Mason's impressive achievement is sadly cheapened. The result is not a worthless book, but it is one which cannot but disappoint those who know what potential was squandered in it.
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