Statistics and the German State, 1900-1945: The Making of Modern Economic Knowledge

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Tooze provides an interpretation of the period of dramatic statistical innovation between 1900 and 1945. The Weimar Republic and the Third Reich were in the forefront of statistical innovation in the interwar decades. New ways of measuring the economy were inspired both by contemporary developments in macroeconomic theory and the needs of government. Under the Nazi regime, these statistical tools provided the basis for a radical experiment in economic planning. Based on the German example, Tooze argues for a more wide-ranging reconsideration of the history of modern economic knowledge.
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"...Tooze's book succeeds in raising crucial issues on the relations among politics, knowledge, and technology, and it should stimulate future investigations on these issues and become a standard reference." American Historical Review

"The first half of this book, particularly, should be mandatory reading for everyone interested in the history of economic thought..." EH.NET

"This important and interesting book will be of great value not only to discussions of German political economy in the first half of the twentieth century but also to debates about economic knowledge and how it develops." Business Historical Review

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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgements
Glossary and abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Official statistics and the crisis of the Wilhelmine state 40
2 The Republic's new numbers, 1918-1923 76
3 Weimar's macroeconomic statistics, 1924- 1929 103
4 The crisis of Weimar's statistical establishment, 1930-1933 149
5 Statistics and the 'Strong State', 1933-1936 177
6 The radicalization of the Nazi regime and the death of official statistics, 1936-1939 215
7 World War II and the return of macroeconomics 246
Conclusion 283
App Wagemann's national economic account - explanatory notes 292
Bibliography 294
Index 312
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