Economic potential of Germany January 1939

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  1. wiking85

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    When 1937 Germany annexed Austria and the Sudetenland, what was its economic potential in a non-rearmament capacity? Meaning if Germany weren't fixated on rearmament and controlling their currency and pretty much settled down in accepting those borders, what was Germany economically capable of in the world economy?
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    GDP and GDP growth rate are the best measures of national economic potential. Historical GDP data is available at the below site.
    Maddison Project
     
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    Not seeing much about Germany. There is a XLS document that has Austrian and French GDP in 1939 as about the same, which is insanely wrong.
     
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    i dislike maddison project but the xls is for gdp per capita
     
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    Thanks for the clarification, that makes much more sense.
     
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    Madison does give figures for national GDP, but corrected to 1990 dollars.

    In 1939

    France - $200,840,000,000
    Austria - $27,250,000,000
    Germany - $374,577,000,000
    UK - $300,539,000,000

    Comparing German absolute and per capita GDP suggests the figures for Germany do not include territorial acquisitions.

    Again, these figures are adjusted for inflation to 1990 dollars.
     
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    But no info about the Sudetenland, that's the hard part I'm having finding info about.
     
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