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The price of war : British policy on German reparations, 1941-1949 / Alec Cairncross.

By: Cairncross, Alec, Sir, 1911-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York, NY : Blackwell, 1986Description: x, 249 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0631149198; 9780631149194.Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Reparations | Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- Germany | Germany -- Foreign relations -- Great BritainDDC classification: 943.086
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Book University of Texas At Tyler
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D819.G7 C34 1986 (Browse shelf) Available 0000000381392

Bibliography: p. [236]-241.

Includes index.

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A distinguished authority on economic matters, Cairncross was also, more than 40 years ago, head of an Economic Advisory Panel planning reparations policy for the British zone of Germany. A great deal more was known, or at least was thought to be known, about the pitfalls of reparations as a result of the mistakes made in and after 1919. Despite this, no Allied plan for reparations from all of Germany was agreed upon until 1946. By that time, the wartime unity of the Grand Alliance, which alone could make such a policy work, was all but gone. The Russians, in any case, were collecting their reparations in their zone. In the end, reparations were less important to the Western powers than turning their part of Germany into a viable state and a bastion against the Soviet Union. The reparations issue, so dominant after 1919, was swallowed by the onset of the Cold War after 1945. This careful book is in a sense an extended footnote-albeit a very important one-to the great historiographical argument swirling around that issue. Graduate readership.-R.A. Callahan, University of Delaware

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