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The German Edition of Keynes’s General Theory: Controversies on the Preface

Harald Hagemann

A chapter in A Research Annual, 2014, vol. 32, pp 159-166 from Emerald Publishing Ltd

Abstract: Abstract The first foreign-language publication of The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money by John Maynard Keynes was published in German in the same year as the English original in 1936. The article discusses some quality problems of the translation, but focuses in particular on the controversies which evolved around interpretations of the Preface Keynes wrote for the German edition. Whereas a margin of doubt remains as to the responsibility for the text which finally appeared in German, any accusations that Keynes had sympathies for or was indifferent to the Nazi regime are clearly rejected.

Keywords: National self-sufficiency; reparation problem; Society for the Protection of Science and Learning; wage policy; B22; B31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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