Hartmut Berghoff, Jürgen Kocka & Dieter Ziegler, eds.

Business in the Age of Extremes: Essays in Modern German and Austrian Economic History

Publications of the German Historical Institute. Cambridge University Press, 2013.

This collection of essays explores the impact that nationalism, capitalism, and socialism had on economics during the first half of the twentieth century. Focusing on Central Europe, contributors examine the role that businesspeople and enterprises played in Germany's and Austria's paths to the catastrophe of Nazism. Based on new archival research, the essays gathered here ask how the business community became involved in the political process and describes the consequences arising from that involvement. Particular attention is given to the responses of individual businesspeople to changing political circumstances and their efforts to balance the demands of their consciences with the pursuit for profit.