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House of Krupp: The Steel Dynasty That Armed the Nazis

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The Krupp industrial empire was one of Germany's wealthiest and most powerful corporations, and it contributed to the armaments used in several of its country's wars. British journalist Peter Batty tells the story of the Krupp family and the company they started during the industrial revolution, and how subsequent Krupps produced cannons used in the Franco-Prussian War, U-boats and shells for World War I, and the countless weapons and vehicles, including the biggest cannon ever made, for Hitler's army. The House of Krupp recounts the trial at Nuremberg of magnate Alfried Krupp, and the rebirth and astounding success of his company in the years after the war—years that saw Alfried become one of the richest men in the world.
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The Saturday Review
Peter Batty has written a hard-hitting expose of the firm that has played a key role in Europe's military and political history. He gives an astounding account of the centuries-old organization which… has survived depression, military defeats and foreign occupations. His book is must reading for those who want to understand world affairs from the inside.
World War II History
A saga of intrigue and greed, of lust for power and possession of power and, above all, a story of dangerous men. The author relates it with solid scholarship and narrative excellence.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815411550
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: Updated Edition
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Batty lives in Kingston, Surrey, England.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 11
1. "The Place of Ash Trees" 21
2. "... for the manufacture of English Cast Steel and all products made thereof" 33
3. "We have no time for reading, politics, and that sort of thing" 46
4. "We will make the English open their eyes" 60
5. "All the rest is gas" 84
6. "You will be coming in melancholy circumstances" 101
7. "As Germany goes, Krupp goes" 115
8. "Never to rise again" 130
9. "Even the Allied snooping commissions were duped" 144
10. "The evolution of political events corresponds to desires I have long cherished" 155
11. "Life in the old house was not very personal" 166
12. "We take great pride in the fact that our products have come up to expectations" 177
13. "OK Bud, you're the guy we want--let's go" 191
14. "Case Number Ten" 207
15. "Time will settle all" 222
16. "There is no question of Krupp being allowed to assume either ownership or control of the former Krupp industrial empire" 233
17. "Looking back, we can note with satisfaction that on the whole our hopes have been fulfilled" 245
18. "The American" 260
19. "The Americans of Europe" 272
20. "The British Government has no reason to believe that the undertaking will not be fulfilled" 286
21. "My life has never depended on me, but on the course of history" 302
22. "Krupp: Symbol of Leadership in Industrial Progress" 311
23. "The British Krupp Trauma" 317
Afterword 326
Bibliography 335
Index 337
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