The Economics of the Second World War: Seventy-Five Years On

Stephen Broadberry, Mark Harrison 04 May 2020

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Contents

Introduction
Stephen Broadberry and Mark Harrison

Part I: Preparations for war

1 Roots of war: Hitler’s rise to power  
Hans-Joachim Voth

2 The German economy from peace to war: The Blitzkrieg economy revisited
Rihcard Overy

3 The Soviet economy and war preparations
Mark Harrison

4 Lessons learned? British economic management and performance during the World Wars
Stephen Broadberry

Part II: Conduct of the war

5 How the war was won
Phillips Payson O’Brien

6 Never alone, and always strong: the British war economy in 1940 and after 
David Edgerton

7 The Second World War in America: Spending, deficits, multipliers, and sacrifices
Price Fishback

8 Economic warfare: Insights from Mançur Olson 
Mark Harrison

9 Supplier networks as a key to wartime production in Japan 
Tetsuji Okazaki

10 Exploitation and destruction in Nazi-occupied Europe
Hein Klemann

11 The economics of neutrality in the Second World War 
Eric Golson

12 Economists at war
Alan Bollard

Part III: Consequences of the war

13 The famines of the Second World War
Cormac Ó Gráda

14 Inequality: Total war as a great leveller
Walter Scheidel

15 Recovery and reconstruction in Europe after the war 
Tamás Vonyó

16 How the war shaped political and social trust in the long run 
Pauline Grosjean

Professor of Economic History, Oxford University; Research Theme Leader, CAGE; Research Fellow, CEPR

Emeritus Professor, University of Warwick

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