Social Policy in the Third Reich: The Working Class and the 'National Community', 1918-1939

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This book analyzes the attitudes and policies of the Nazi leadership towards the German working class. The author argues that the regime did not securely integrate the working class and was thus less successful in 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 ...

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Overview

This book analyzes the attitudes and policies of the Nazi leadership towards the German working class. The author argues that the regime did not securely integrate the working class and was thus less successful in 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.

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Editorial Reviews

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780854964109
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 9/7/1993
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 434
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Mason is formerly of St Peter's College, Oxford.

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Table of Contents

General Introduction
Editor's Note
Editor's Acknowledgements
Preface to the German Edition
List of Abbreviations
Introduction to the English Edition 1
1 The Legacy of 1918 for National Socialism 19
2 National Socialism and the Working Class, 1925 to May 1933 41
3 The Transformation of Class Relations 88
4 The Condition of the Working Class in Germany, 1933-1936 109
5 Social Policy and Social Ideology, 1934-1936 151
6 Social Policy, Rearmament and War, September 1936 to December 1939 179
Epilogue: 2. Class 284
Epilogue: 3. Domestic Crisis and War, 1939 294
Epilogue: 4. 1939-1945 331
Appendix: List of Documents Reprinted in Arbeiterklasse und Volkgemeinschaft 370
Bibliography: 1. Unpublished Sources 384
Bibliography: 2. Official Publications 386
Bibliography: 3. Books 388
Bibliography: 4. Articles and Unpublished Theses 411
Index 425
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