The Great Disorder: Politics, Economics, and Society in the German Inflation, 1914-1924 / Edition 1

The Great Disorder: Politics, Economics, and Society in the German Inflation, 1914-1924 / Edition 1

by Gerald D. Feldman, Gerald D. Fildman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195101146

ISBN-13: 9780195101140

Pub. Date: 03/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This book presents a comprehensive study of the most famous and spectacular instance of inflation in modern industrial society—that in Germany during and following World War I. A broad, probing narrative, this book studies inflation as a strategy of social pacification and economic reconstruction and as a mechanism for escaping domestic and international

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This book presents a comprehensive study of the most famous and spectacular instance of inflation in modern industrial society—that in Germany during and following World War I. A broad, probing narrative, this book studies inflation as a strategy of social pacification and economic reconstruction and as a mechanism for escaping domestic and international indebtedness. The Great Disorder is a study of German society under the tension of inflation and hyperinflation, and it explores the ways in which Germany's hyperinflation and stabilization were linked to the Great Depression and the rise of National Socialism. This wide-ranging study sets German inflation within the broader issues of maintaining economic stability, social peace, and democracy and thus contributes to the general history of the twentieth century and has important implications for existing and emerging market economies facing the temptation or reality of inflation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195101140
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
1040
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.80(d)
Lexile:
1740L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Tables
Abbreviations
Introduction3
The German Inflation in Collective Memory and Economic History3
The Germany of Dr. Cornelius11
Pt. IThe First World War and the Origins of the German Inflation
1Financing the War25
2War Economy and Inflation52
Pt. IIManaging the Crises: From the November Revolution to the Kapp Putsch
3The Economics of Revolution and Revolutionary Economics99
4The Chaotic Path to Relative Stabilization, July 1919-March 1920156
Pt. IIIRelative Stabilization and Inflationary Reconstruction, April 1920-May 1921
5The Trials and Tribulations of Relative Stabilization211
6What Kind of Reconstruction? The German Business Community Faces the Future255
Pt. IVReparations and the Domestic Management of the German Inflation
7The Presentation of the Bill309
8The Domestic Politics of Fulfillment, May 1921-January 1922344
9The Transition to Galloping Inflation385
10The Vicious Circles: From Galloping Inflation to Hyperinflation, January-July 1922418
11Stabilization Debates and Political Crises, August 1922-January 1923453
Pt. VSociety, State, and Economy in the Hyperinflation of 1922
12The Year of Dr. Mabuse: The Hyperinflation and German Society in 1922513
13Facing Disaster: The State and the "Productive Estates" on the Eve of the Ruhr Occupation576
Pt. VIThe Ruhr Crisis, End of the Mark, Currency Reform, and Stabilization
14A Disordered Fortress: Passive Resistance, the Cuno Government, and the Destruction of the German Mark631
15The Politics of Currency Reform, August-October 1923698
16The Politics of Stabilization, October-November 1923754
17Saving the Stabilization, December 1923-April 1924803
Epilogue: A Mortgaged Democracy837
Notes859
Bibliography945
Index969

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