Social Policy in the Third Reich: the Working Class and the 'National Community'

Social Policy in the Third Reich: the Working Class and the 'National Community'


By (author) Timothy W. Mason, Translated by John A. Broadwin, Volume editor Jane Caplan, By (author) Tim Mason


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  • Publisher: Berg Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 161mm x 236mm x 24mm | 553g
  • Publication date: 7 September 1993
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 085496410X
  • ISBN 13: 9780854964109
  • Edition statement: Revised.
  • Illustrations note: bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 822,805

Product description

This book analyzes the attitudes and policies of the Nazi leadership towards the German working class. The author argues that the regime did not securely integrate the working class and was thus less successful in imposing mass economic sacrifices in the interests of forced rearmament. With a growing labour shortage in the late 1930s, industrial conflict re emerged. These two factors slowed down military preparations for war and may well, it is argued, have influenced Hitler's foreign policy in 1938/39.The author has added a substantial epilogue to this edition in which he responds to the main criticisms, aroused by the German original, and assesses the relevance of more recent research to the arguments put forward.

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Author information

Tim Mason formerly of St Peter's College, Oxford Translated from the German by John Broadwin

Review quote

'... an outstanding empirical analysis of Nazi-Germany in peacetime.'The Economic History Review'Even for those who are aware of Mason's pioneering work on the Third Reich, this edition is a 'must' ... highly recommended.'History and Politics'... a monument to scholarship.'Patterns of Prejudice'... 'Sozialpolitik im Dritten Reich', of which the above-mentioned volume is the first English translation, has become a classic.'European Studies Newsletter'... a superb and concise survey of many of the key debates about National Socialism over the last twenty years.'German History

Table of contents

The legacy of 1918 for national socialism; national socialism and the working class, 1925 to May 1933; the revolution of class; the condition of the working class in Germany, 1933-1936 - employment creation programmes, wages, living standards and the state social policy; labour policy and social ideology, 1934-1936; labour policy, rearmament and war, September 1936 to December 1939 - social consequences of rearmament, the regime's reaction to the impending crisis, concluding remarks. Epilogue: introduction; class; domestic crisis and war, 1939; 1939-1945.