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KruppA History of the Legendary German Firm$
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Harold James

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691153407

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691153407.001.0001

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Power and Deglobalization

Power and Deglobalization

Gustav and Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach

(p.172) Six Power and Deglobalization

Harold James

Princeton University Press

This chapter debunks the myth that Krupp had been a driving force behind the high-level making of Nazi policy, rather than a participant in a massive web of ideologically driven immorality. It examines the Nuremberg trial of the Krupp directors, considering the issue of the extent to which businessmen had choices or a freedom to maneuver in the Nazi era. Furthermore, though the prospect of rearmament was an issue within the company, the chapter argues that the rise and fall of profitability did not correspond directly to the political stance of the company, its owners, and its management. Financial incentives alone did not determine the political orientation of the Krupp business, particularly as the company soon found itself embroiled in the Nazis' politics and the Second World War loomed over the horizon.

Keywords:   Nazism, Nazi policy, Nuremberg trials, Krupp directors, Gustav Krupp, Alfried Krupp, rearmament, financial incentives, World War II

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