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Provides original German documents from the London School of Economics and Political Science collection, including:
- Statistics of the Third Reich analysed, 1933-1944
- Monatliche Nachweise über den auswärtigen Handel Deutschlands (January 1933-June 1939)
- Der Aussenhandel Deutschlands Monatliche Nachweise (July 1939); and
- Sondernachweis der Aussenhandel Deutschlands (August 1939-1944).
These publications illustrate a number of major topics, including: the importance of German trade with Eastern Europe; effect of new trade treaties with Southeastern European states concluded in 1934 and 1935; Germany's economic offensive beginning in1934; growth of a "command economy" and the requirements of the Rearmament Program; balance of payments problem; and the defeat of "the traditionalists" with the dismissal of Schacht and Neurath and the appointment of Ribbentrop. Sondernachweis der Aussenhandel Deutschlands is particularly important as it provides a thorough breakdown of German foreign trade by commodity, volume and value on a monthly basis. The December issue of each year gives a final listing of annual figures.