Andreas Predöhl’s career was typical of the careers of many prominent German academics in the post‐war period who had previously served the National Socialist regime during its rule. From 1934 to 1945, Predöhl was the director of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy; from 1949 to 1960, full professor in Kiel and Münster; and from 1964 to 1969, the first president of the German Overseas Institute, which is today the GIGA.
This paper critically and comprehensively examines his relationship to National Socialism as well as his academic contributions, which consist primarily of studies on the following topics:
Predöhl’s work provides starting points for today’s research on these topics and thus important approaches for understanding the dynamics of a global economy that is expanding through the creation of new centers. However, his active involvement in the National Socialist regime of terror also demonstrates that as an element of political practice, academia has a great responsibility.
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