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

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Modern Economic History

  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521039123

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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.

    • Looks at the history of practical efforts to measure the economy rather than the history of academic economic history
    • Shows that Germany was a leading innovator in economic statistics
    • Shows that the Nazi regime made extensive use of sophisticated macroeconomic data in its efforts to plan the war effort
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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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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521039123
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.504kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 9 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    Glossary and abbreviations
    1. Official statistics and the crisis of the Wilhelmine state
    2. The Republic's new numbers, 1918–23
    3. Weimar's macroeconomic statistics, 1924–29
    4. The crisis of Weimar's statistical establishment, 1930–3
    5. Statistics and the 'Strong State', 1933–6
    6. The radicalization of the Nazi regime and the death of official statistics, 1936–9
    7. World War II and the return of macroeconomics
    Appendix: Wagemann's national economic account - explanatory notes

  • Author

    J. Adam Tooze, Jesus College, Cambridge

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