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Faces of neutrality : a comparative analysis of the neutrality of Switzerland and other neutral nations during WW II

Author: Herbert R Reginbogin; Detlev F Vagts
Publisher: Berlin, Germany : Lit Verlag ; Piscataway, NJ : Distributed in North America by Transaction Publishers, Rutgers University, ©2009.
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"This important book fills a historical gap and acts as a valuable corrective in the general treatment of Switzerland's role during the Second World War. In addressing all of the moral and historical charges laid at Switzerland's door in relation to Nazi Germany, it does not offer an apology but, far more valuably, provides a sustained, nuanced analysis of the issues at stake. Contending that Swiss neutrality during  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Herbert R Reginbogin; Detlev F Vagts
ISBN: 9783825819149 3825819140
OCLC Number: 317964490
Notes: Originally published as: Der Vergleich : die Politik der Schweiz zur Zeit des Zweiten Weltkriegs im internationalen Umfeld / herausgegeben vom Arbeitskreis Gelebte Geschichte. Stäfa : Gut, ©2006.
Description: ii, 227 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Switzerland before and during WWII: Neutrality- Swiss identity --
The rise of fascism- decline of the League of Nations --
World economic crisis --
Gold standard and social awakening --
World trade --
Switzerland and the USA- financial havens --
The beginning of World War II --
Swiss foreign trade --
Blockade negotiations --
Negotiations with Britain --
French/British requests for war materials --
Switzerland in the German sphere of influence --
Between Allied powers and National Socialists --
Allied pressure --
Refugees --
Final remarks --
pt. 2. How neutral were the neutrals?: Control of neutral countries --
Differences with the USA --
Who was neutral? --
Spain --
Portugal --
Sweden --
Turkey --
Vichy France- the anomaly --
pt. 3. Mirror image: America's contradictory finance markets --
Ford Motor Company / General Motors / Standard Oil of New Jersey --
Chase National Bank --
The Remigrant Mark Program --
J.P. Morgan --
Kodak --
IBM --
Bank for International Settlements (BIS) --
pt. 4. Conclusion: Provisions for war --
Determination to resist --
Handling neutrality --
Blockade issues --
Gold trade --
Accusation of prolonging the war --
War profits --
Refunding --
Refugees --
Was Switzerland a country of collaborators and profit-mongers?
Other Titles: Vergleich.
Comparative analysis of the neutrality of Switzerland and other neutral nations during WW II
Neutrality of Switzerland and other neutral nations during WW II
Responsibility: Herbert R. Reginbogin ; with a foreword by Detlev F. Vagts ; [editor, Working Group Lived History ; translated by Ulrike Seeberger and Jane Britten ; copy edited by Thomas Ryan].

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"This important book fills a historical gap and acts as a valuable corrective in the general treatment of Switzerland's role during the Second World War. In addressing all of the moral and historical charges laid at Switzerland's door in relation to Nazi Germany, it does not offer an apology but, far more valuably, provides a sustained, nuanced analysis of the issues at stake. Contending that Swiss neutrality during the Second World War has not only been misunderstood, but has also been unfairly stigmatized, the book's wide-ranging assessment offers a much-needed corrective to received wisdom on the subject. Commendably, it presents a comparative assessment, comparing the Swiss both to European neutrals, and to the U.S. - which, it is often forgotten, defended the posture of neutrality for the first two years of the war. The study highlights the need for careful assessment in the context of more than half a century ago. Seen in those terms, the behavior of the Swiss emerges far more nuanced, more driven by the desperate conditions of total war, and far less susceptible to present-day moralizations than in the work of many writers. This important contribution deepens our understanding of the Second World War."--Books.google.

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