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European Business, Dictatorship, and Political Risk, 1920-1945

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European Business, Dictatorship, and Political Risk, 1920-1945

Edited by Christopher Kobrak† and Per Hansen

300 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-629-0 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (August 2004)

eISBN 978-1-78920-412-4 eBook

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For much of the twentieth century, the prevalence of dictatorial regimes has left business, especially multinational firms, with a series of complex and for the most part unwelcome choices. This volume, which includes essays by noted American and European scholars such as Mira Wilkins, Gerald Feldman, Peter Hayes, and Wilfried Feldenkirchen, sets business activity in its political and social context and describes some of the strategic and tactical responses of firms investing from or into Europe to a myriad of opportunities and risks posed by host or home country authoritarian governments during the interwar period. Although principally a work of history, it puts into perspective some commercial dilemmas with which practitioners and business theorists must still unfortunately grapple.

Born in New York, Christopher Kobrak† was a Professor of Finance at ESCP-EAP, European School of Management. He received a BA in Philosophy from Rutgers University and MA, PhD degrees in European History from Columbia University, from which he also held an MBA in Finance and Accounting. A CPA with ten years of work experience in the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia, his teaching and research interests included international finance and business history.

Per H. Hansen is Professor of Business History at the Copenhagen Business School. He has published books and articles in the fields of financial history and the Danish economy during the German occupation. Among his other professional interests are the aesthetic, economic, social and cultural background of Danish Modern furniture design.

Subject: History (General) History: 20th Century to Present
Area: Europe



Chapter 1. Business, Political Risk, and Historians
Christopher Kobrak, Per H. Hansen and Christopher Kopper

Chapter 2. Multinationals and Dictatorship
Mira Wilkins

Chapter 3. The Axis Multinational Insurers
Gerald D. Feldman

Chapter 4. Market Assessment and Domestic Political Risk
Peter Hayes

Chapter 5. German Pharmaceutical Companies in South America
Jana Wüstenhagen

Chapter 6. Multinational Jewish Business
Martin Dean

Chapter 7. Siemens’ Investments in Eastern Europe
Wilfred Feldenkirchen

Chapter 8. IBM and its German Subsidiary, 1910-1945
Lars Heide

Chapter 9. The Great Northern Telegraph Company
Kurt Jacobsen

Chapter 10. Managing Risk in the Third Reich
Neil Forbes

Chapter 11. Under the Threat of Nazi Occupation
Eduard Kubù, Jiøi Novotný and Jiøi Šouša

Notes on Contributors

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