Chris Blattman

“Highway to Hitler”

Some papers make pithy academic blogging easy.

The Autobahn was one of the most important projects of the Hitler government. It was intended to reduce unemployment, and was widely used for propaganda purposes.

We examine its role in increasing support for the NS regime by analyzing new data on motorway construction and the 1934 plebiscite, which gave Hitler great powers as head of state.

Our results suggest that road building was highly effective, reducing opposition to the nascent Nazi regime.

By Voightlander and Voth.

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