Social Policy in the Third Reich

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First published in German in 1977, this pioneering study analyses the attitudes and policies of the Nazi leadership toward the German working class. It argues that the regime did not securely integrate the working class and, as a result, was uncertain of itself when it came to imposing mass economic sacrifices in the interests of forced rearmament. With a growing labour shortage in the 1930s, industrial conflict re-emerged: these two factors slowed down military preparations for war and may well, Mason argues, have influenced Hitler's foreign policy in 1938/39.

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Social Policy in the Third Reich

Social Policy in the Third Reich

The Working Class and the 'National Community'

Berg1997

Paperback434pp

9780854964109     Product Code: 229729

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First published in German in 1977, this pioneering study analyses the attitudes and policies of the Nazi leadership toward the German working class. It argues that the regime did not securely integrate the working class and, as a result, was uncertain of itself when it came to imposing mass economic sacrifices in the interests of forced rearmament. With a growing labour shortage in the 1930s, industrial conflict re-emerged: these two factors slowed down military preparations for war and may well, Mason argues, have influenced Hitler's foreign policy in 1938/39.

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