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Big Business and Hitler

By Jacques R. Pauwels

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For big business in Germany and around the world, Hitler and his National Socialist party were good news. Business was bad in the 1930s, and for multinational corporations Germany was a bright spot in a world suffering from the Great Depression. As Jacques R. Pauwels explains in this book, corporations were delighted with the profits that came from re-arming Germany, and then supplying both sides of the Second World War.

Recent historical research in Germany has laid bare the links between Hitler's regime and big German firms. Scholars have now also documented the role of American firms — General Motors, IBM, Standard Oil, Ford, and many others — whose German subsidiaries eagerly sold equipment, weapons, and fuel needed for the German war machine. A key roadblock to America's late entry into the Second World War was behind-the-scenes pressure from US corporations seeking to protect their profitable business selling to both sides.

Basing his work on the recent findings of scholars in many European countries and the US, Pauwels explains how Hitler gained and held the support of powerful business interests who found the well-liked one-party fascist government, ready and willing to protect the property and profits of big business. He documents the role of the many multinationals in business today who supported Hitler and gained from the Nazi government's horrendous measures.



Part One: German Big Business and Hitler

  1. Empire, War and Revolution
  2. Industry, Democracy and Dictatorship
  3. Economic and Political Crisis
  4. Hiring Adolf H.
  5. The Elimination of the Left
  6. The Nazi Dictatorship: Cui Bono?
  7. The Third Reich: A Welfare State?
  8. 1939–1945: Hitler’s War?
  9. Together Until the End!
  10. An Unsatisfied Beneficiary

Interlude: And Elsewhere?

Part Two: American Big Business and Nazi Germany

  1. Dollar Offensive in Germany
  2. American Fans and Partners of Hitler
  3. Better Hitler than “Rosenfeld”
  4. Lightning War “Made in USA”
  5. After Pearl Harbor: “Business as Usual”
  6. War = Profits
  7. Helpful Bankers and Secret Agents
  8. Bombs, Damage and Compensation
  9. Between Morgenthau and Moscow
  10. Nazi Past, American Future

Conclusion: Fascism and War after 1945

Epilogue: Is History “Bunk”?




JACQUES R. PAUWELS has taught European history at the University of Toronto, York University and the University of Waterloo. He is the author of The Great Class War 1914-1918, a revisionist history of that conflict, and The Myth of the Good War, in which he provides a revisionist look at the role of the United States and other Allied countries in the Second World War. An independent scholar, Pauwels holds Ph.D.s in history and political science. He lives in Brantford, Ontario.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 304 pages
Publication Date: 31st October 2017
ISBN: 9781459409767
Format: 9in x 6in

Binding: Electronic book text, 304 pages
Publication Date: 31st October 2017
ISBN: 9781459409873
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  HIS013000, HIS014000, HIS015070, HIS027100, HIS036060, HIS037070
Imprint: Lorimer


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