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Feeding The German Eagle
     

Feeding The German Eagle

by Edward Ericson
 

ISBN-10: 0275963373

ISBN-13: 9780275963378

Pub. Date: 11/30/1999

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

The dramatic story of Hitler and Stalin's marriage of convenience has been recounted frequently over the past 60 years, but with remarkably little consensus. As the first English-language study to analyze the development, extent, and importance of the Nazi-Soviet economic relationship from Hitler's ascension to power to the launching of Operation Barbarossa in June

Overview

The dramatic story of Hitler and Stalin's marriage of convenience has been recounted frequently over the past 60 years, but with remarkably little consensus. As the first English-language study to analyze the development, extent, and importance of the Nazi-Soviet economic relationship from Hitler's ascension to power to the launching of Operation Barbarossa in June 1941, this book highlights the crucial role that Soviet economic aid played in Germany's early successes in World War II. When Hitler's rearmament efforts left Germany dangerously short of raw materials in 1939, Stalin was able to offer valuable supplies of oil, manganese, grain, and rubber. In exchange, the Soviet Union would gain territory and obtain the technology and equipment necessary for its own rearmament efforts.

However, by the summer of 1941, Stalin's well-calculated plan had gone awry. Germany's continuing reliance on Soviet raw materials would, Stalin hoped, convince Hitler that he could not afford to invade the USSR. As a result, the Soviets continued to supply the Reich with the resources that would later carry the Wehrmacht to the gates of Moscow and nearly cost the Soviets the war. The extensive use in this study of neglected source material in the German archives helps resolve the long-standing debate over whether Stalin's foreign policy was one of expansionism or appeasement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275963378
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/1999
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
1840L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Traditional Interdependence

Failed Economic Partnership

Talking about Talking

Restored Economic Partnership

Toward an Economic Alliance

The German Plan

The Soviet Plan

The Final Plan: Part I

Gas and Grains for Coal and Cruisers

Delivering the Goods

New Problems Addressed

The Final Plan: Part II

Grains for Guns

Germany Bites the Hand that Fed It

Conclusion

Appendices

Index

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