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Joel Colton
Duke University (Durham, NC 27705-4677)

The Great Depression in Western Europe, 1929-1939

History of the great depression of the 1930's as it affected western Europe, stressing politics in west European democracies as well as social and economic facets. Against backdrop of developments in US that contributed to the worldwide economic collapse, the study focuses on impact of prolonged crisis on British, French, and Belgian democracies, and on pre-1933 Germany (with some consideration of Nazi and Italian fascist experience). Examines level of public debate occasioned by the crisis, decisions of the time, mass pressures generated, reforms and changes induced, and role of depression in transforming existing regimes. The few existing older syntheses are out of date and do not provide an in-depth analysis encompassing political, social and economic aspects. Study should contribute to closer understanding of contemporary national and international affairs, since it explores formulation of public policy and economic leadership in an age of crisis, and the interrelationship of politics and economics in public affairs.

Project fields:
History, General

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$15,500 (approved)
$15,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1970 – 9/30/1971