The Sense of a Vacuum

A Response

in Historical Materialism
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In response to the discussants this essay places Wages of Destruction in its historiographical context. In dialogue with Riley’s call for a reading of Nazi Germany in terms of a theory of imperialism, it calls for an account of the ‘variable geometry’ of regime-business relations. In conclusion, however, we must insist on the ‘vacuum’ of causal logic that is a defining characteristic of the history of the Nazi regime.

The Sense of a Vacuum

A Response

in Historical Materialism

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1

Aly 2007.

3

Kershaw 1998; Kershaw 2000.

5

Jessop 1990.

7

Overy 1997.

8

Reinhardt 1992.

11

Wegner 2004.

12

Mazower 2008.

14

Gerlach 1995.

15

Frieser 2005.

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Tooze 2007pp. 675–6; Niethammer 1993.

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Balakrishnan 2011.

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Broadberry 1997.

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Jameson 2002; Berman 1982.

21

Tooze 2007pp. xxiv–xxv 511.

22

Lutz 1984.

24

Overy and Mason 1989.

26

Tooze 2007. In this regard in sympathy with the gist if not the detail of Abraham 1986.

27

Tooze 2007pp. 103–4.

28

Feldman 1993.

29

Budrass 1998.

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