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Quantifying Resistance

Political Crime and the People’s Court in Nazi Germany

  • Wayne Geerling
  • Gary Magee

Part of the Studies in Economic History book series (SEH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Wayne Geerling, Gary Magee
    Pages 1-21
  3. Wayne Geerling, Gary Magee
    Pages 23-39
  4. Wayne Geerling, Gary Magee
    Pages 41-59
  5. Wayne Geerling, Gary Magee
    Pages 61-83
  6. Wayne Geerling, Gary Magee
    Pages 85-129
  7. Wayne Geerling, Gary Magee
    Pages 131-166
  8. Wayne Geerling, Gary Magee
    Pages 167-186
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 187-194

About this book

Introduction

This book presents and uses a major, new database of the most serious forms of internal resistance to the Nazi state to study empirically the whole phenomenon of resistance to an authoritarian regime. By studying serious political resistance from a quantitative historical perspective, the book opens up a new avenue of research for economic history.
The database underpinning the book was painstakingly compiled from official state records of treason and/or high treason tried before the German People’s Court (Volksgerichtshof) between 1933 and 1945. It brings together material on resistance groups stored in the archives of the Federal Republic of Germany and Austria with previously inaccessible files from the former German Democratic Republic, Czechoslovakia and Soviet Union. Through searching these records, the authors have been able to reconstruct in hitherto unattainable detail the economic, social, political, ethnic and familial profiles, backgrounds, and influences of all 4,378 civilians of the Third Reich active in Germany, Austria and the outside territories for whom there are complete records.
The findings of their research afford fresh, new interdisciplinary insights and perspectives, not only on the configuration, timing, impact and profile of resistance to the Nazi state, but also on a range of real-world behaviours common within authoritarian states, such as defection, reward and punishment, and commitment to group identities. The book’s statistical analysis reveals precisely the who, how, where and when of serious resistance. In so doing, it advances significantly our understanding of the overall pattern and nature of serious resistance within Nazi Germany.

Keywords

resistance movement political crime Nazi Germany game-theoretic behavior civilian resistance political violence state terror German People’s Court Volksgerichtshof Nazi legal system authoritarian regime totalitarian regime German resistance Austrian resistance Greater German Reich treason economic history political history behavioral economics authoritarian economics

Authors and affiliations

  • Wayne Geerling
    • 1
  • Gary Magee
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsMonash UniversityCaulfield EastAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6008-3
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-6007-6
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-6008-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2364-1797
  • Series Online ISSN 2364-1800
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