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Author Barbieri, Pierpaolo

Title Hitler's Shadow Empire : Nazi economics and the Spanish Civil War / Pierpaolo Barbieri
Published Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (349 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents Two Spains -- Today is so far from yesterday -- The rise and rise of Hjalmar Schacht -- Give me four years -- Dawn of intervention -- The precipice -- The shadow empire -- Hateful to God and to his enemies -- The formal empire -- Conclusion: Integrated Europe -- Appendix
Summary "Pitting fascists and communists in a showdown for supremacy, the Spanish Civil War has long been seen as a grim dress rehearsal for World War II. Francisco Franco's Nationalists prevailed with German and Italian military assistance--a clear instance, it seemed, of like-minded regimes joining forces in the fight against global Bolshevism. In Hitler's Shadow Empire, Pierpaolo Barbieri revises this standard account of Axis intervention in the Spanish Civil War, arguing that economic ambitions--not ideology--drove Hitler's Iberian intervention. The Nazis hoped to establish an economic empire in Europe, and in Spain they tested the tactics intended for future subject territories. The Nazis provided Franco's Nationalists with planes, armaments, and tanks, but behind this largesse was a Faustian bargain. Through weapons and material support, Germany gradually absorbed Spain into an informal empire, extending control over key Spanish resources in order to fuel its own burgeoning war industries. This plan was only possible and profitable because of Hitler's economic czar, Hjalmar Schacht, a 'wizard of international finance.' His policies fostered the interwar German recovery and consolidated Hitler's dictatorship. Though Schacht's economic strategy was eventually abandoned in favor of a very different conception of racial empire, Barbieri argues it was in many ways a more effective strategic option for the Third Reich. Deepening our understanding of the Spanish Civil War by placing it in the context of Nazi imperial ambitions, Hitler's Shadow Empire illuminates a fratricidal tragedy that still reverberates in Spanish life as well as the world war it heralded"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
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Subject Schacht, Hjalmar Horace Greeley, 1877-1970
Schacht, Hjalmar Horace Greeley, 1877-1970.
Civil War (Spain : 1936-1939)
Intervention (International law) -- Economic aspects -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
Intervention (International law) -- Economic aspects -- Spain -- History -- 20th century
Military assistance, German -- Spain -- History -- 20th century
20th century, c 1900 to c 1999.
Civil wars.
Economic policy.
European history.
Fascism & Nazism.
General & world history.
HISTORY / Europe / Western
HISTORY -- Europe -- Spain & Portugal.
Inter-war period c 1919 to c 1939.
International economic relations.
International relations.
Intervention (International law) -- Economic aspects.
Military assistance, German.
Military history.
Military participation -- German.
Spanischer B├╝rgerkrieg 1936-1939
Western Europe.
Germany -- Economic policy -- 1933-1945
Germany -- Foreign economic relations -- Spain
Spain -- Foreign economic relations -- Germany
Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939 -- Economic aspects
Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939 -- Finance
Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939 -- Participation, German
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2014036049
ISBN 0674426231 (electronic bk.)
9780674426238 (electronic bk.)
9780674426252 (e-book)