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American Business and Germany, 1930-1941

American Business and Germany, 1930-1941 AMERICAN BUSINESS AND 1930-1941 GERMANY, GABRIEL KOLKO Harvard University of the of business to war has become a rela- QUESTION relationship HE t settled one for most students of recent American Even criti- history. tively cal historians of the have made it clear that the once ac- topic abundantly deductions from Rosa or Lenin on the purpor- ceptable John Hobson, Luxemburg, inexorable between and war will not accomodate our tedly relationship capitalism of actual business behavior. Less critical historians have so far as knowledge gone to assert that the business on affairs has not been dis- position foreign significantly that of a of the at save when it has from tinguishable majority public any time, been anti-war and anti-imperialist. W. Pratt’s discussion in 1936 of business’ and Julius generally anti-imperialist anti-war attitude before the War was the first cri- Spanish-American important of the then held that recent United States wars were the re- opinion tique widely economic and desire for arms sult of business cupidity, expansion, profits. Indeed, Pratt’s thesis was advocated at a time when even businessmen the accepted many common beliefs on the of business to war and the public relationship supported concrete of that sentiment in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Western Political Quarterly SAGE

American Business and Germany, 1930-1941

Western Political Quarterly , Volume 15 (4): 16 – Dec 1, 1962

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0043-4078
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10.1177/106591296201500411
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AMERICAN BUSINESS AND 1930-1941 GERMANY, GABRIEL KOLKO Harvard University of the of business to war has become a rela- QUESTION relationship HE t settled one for most students of recent American Even criti- history. tively cal historians of the have made it clear that the once ac- topic abundantly deductions from Rosa or Lenin on the purpor- ceptable John Hobson, Luxemburg, inexorable between and war will not accomodate our tedly relationship capitalism of actual business behavior. Less critical historians have so far as knowledge gone to assert that the business on affairs has not been dis- position foreign significantly that of a of the at save when it has from tinguishable majority public any time, been anti-war and anti-imperialist. W. Pratt’s discussion in 1936 of business’ and Julius generally anti-imperialist anti-war attitude before the War was the first cri- Spanish-American important of the then held that recent United States wars were the re- opinion tique widely economic and desire for arms sult of business cupidity, expansion, profits. Indeed, Pratt’s thesis was advocated at a time when even businessmen the accepted many common beliefs on the of business to war and the public relationship supported concrete of that sentiment in

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Published: Dec 1, 1962

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