The French Opportunity: A Danish Construction Company working for the Germans in France, 1940–1944

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    Nazi Germany and Japan occupied huge areas at least for some period during World War II, and those territories became integral parts of their war economies. The book focuses on the policies of World War II aggressors in occupied countries.

    The unbalanced economic and financial relations were defined by administrative control, the implementation of institutions and a variety of military exploitation strategies. Plundering, looting and requisitions were frequent aggressive acts, but beyond these interventions by force, specific institutions were created to gain control over the occupied economies as a whole. An appropriate institutional setting was also crucial to give incentives to the companies in the occupied countries to produce munitions for the aggressors. The book explains the main fields of war exploitation (organisation and control, war financing and workforce recruitment). It substantiates these aspects in case studies of occupied countries and gives examples of the business policy of multinational companies under war conditions. The book also provides an account of differences and similarities of the two occupation systems.

    Economies under Occupation

    will interest researchers specialising in the history of economic thought as well as in economic theory and philosophy. It will also engage readers concerned with regional European and Japanese studies and imperial histories.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEconomies under Occupation : The hegemony of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan in World War II
    EditorsMarcel Boldorf, Tetsujki Okazaki
    Number of pages18
    Place of PublicationLondon
    Publication date1 May 2015
    Article number19
    ISBN (Print)041583533X
    ISBN (Electronic)978-0415835336
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015

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