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Author Mason, Timothy W., 1940-1990.

Title Social policy in the Third Reich : the working class and the national community / by Timothy W. Mason ; translated by John Broadwin ; edited by Jane Caplan ; with an introduction by Ursula Vogel.

Published Providence, RI : Berg, 1993.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.5620943 MASO    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Sozialpolitik im Dritten Reich. English
Physical description xxviii, 434 pages ; 22 cm
Notes "The main text of this book (the preface, and chapters i-vi) is a translation of the Tim Mason's 'Sozialpolitik im Dritten Reich. Arbeiterklasse und Volksgemeinschaft' (Opladen, Westdeutscher Verlag, 1977)"--P. 1.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 384-424) and index.
Contents General Introduction / Ursula Vogel -- Editor's Note / Jane Caplan -- Preface to the German Edition / Timothy W. Mason -- 1. The Legacy of 1918 for National Socialism -- 2. National Socialism and the Working Class, 1925 to May 1933 -- 3. The Transformation of Class Relations -- 4. The Condition of the Working Class in Germany, 1933-1936 -- 5. Social Policy and Social Ideology, 1934-1936 -- 6. Social Policy, Rearmament and War, September 1936 to December 1939 -- Epilogue: 2. Class -- Epilogue: 3. Domestic Crisis and War, 1939 -- Epilogue: 4. 1939-1945 -- Appendix: List of Documents Reprinted in Arbeiterklasse und Volkgemeinschaft -- Bibliography: 1. Unpublished Sources -- Bibliography: 2. Official Publications -- Bibliography: 3. Books -- Bibliography: 4. Articles and Unpublished Theses.
Summary Many social and economic historians will be pleased to learn that this pioneering study is at long last available in English translation. This book analyses the attitudes and policies of the Nazi leadership towards the German working class. It argues that the regime did not securely integrate the working class and was thus very uncertain of itself when it came to 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.
Other author Caplan, Jane.
Subject Labor policy -- Germany -- History.
Working class -- Germany -- History.
Germany -- Social policy.
ISBN 085496410X (paper)
0854966218 (cloth)