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Nazi Economy

In the 1930s, there were 2 types of economy in Europe:
Socialistprotecting workers (Russia), nationalized business, aim for equal
distribution of wealth
Capitalist private business, hierarchy of wealth, about "controlling" the workers

Nazi Germany was a "HYBRID" economy (Franz Newmann) It had:
Private business (capitalist)
Government increasingly starts…

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IG Farben.
Recoveryfollowing the Wall Street Crash, it was key that Germany tried to return to
normality as soon as possible in order to piece back the economy and to gain

CONTRADICTION! Factories needed to produce armaments to conquer new territories
which were the same ones necessary to increase…

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emphasis on building up the nation's military defenses, which was a direct violation of the
terms set up by the Allies of World War I at the Treaty of Versailles, which stated:
The German army was to be restricted to 100,000 men, there was to be no conscription, no

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Winter help programme offered food and support to the old and poor in winter
The DAF Hitler wanted a disciplined workforce which would not challenge his
dictatorship or threaten his plans for rearmament with excessive wage demands. On the
day after the May Day holiday in 1933, the offices…

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Benefited from the return of business confidence after 1933
Status was not significantly raised as Hitler's first priority was the creation of jobs and
the maintenance of low prices, which were more effectively provided by larger firms
Small traders continued to be out priced by department stores and were…

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His view has been backed by historians such as P. Hayes:

P. Hayes: "Industry and Ideology" (1989)
Argues that even though companies such as IG Farben (and individuals from these
companies such as Karl Krouch) participate in the creation of the Four Year Plan, their
interests were secondary when the…


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