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Perhaps this is difficult to measure and maybe not even a good metric for anything meaningful, but what was the GDP and GDP/capita for nations around the world immediately before World War II? Immediately after World War II?

Are there any good sources of GDP statistics, especially for the major combatants?

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Welcome to the site. Probably hard to measure, but certainly meaningful, because "discontent" over GDP was a cause of World War II. +1 for a "non-trivial" question. –  Tom Au Apr 27 '13 at 0:58
I recommend WolframAlpha for this type of research. You can e.g. ask it for"gdp per capita germany since 1900" and you'll get plausible plots (based on data from vetted sources) in return. –  Drux Apr 27 '13 at 14:55
@Drux. Thanks for the tip! I've only used Alpha for math. Unfortunately, Alpha's statistics only seem to go back to 1970. –  ChickenGod Apr 28 '13 at 0:38
©ChickenGod Ups, my mistake: I did not check the output carefully enough. –  Drux Apr 28 '13 at 5:35

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By 1940 for the allies the national GDP figures were approximately (in dollars):

  • 27.51 billion of UK
  • 18.28 billion for france
  • 10 billion for the low countries
  • 41.97 billion of Germany
  • 8.68 billion for italy
  • 84.7 billion of the US

Source: http://historum.com/blogs/guaporense/994-economics-world-war-two.html

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If that's per person, those were some pretty darn rich people. –  T.E.D. Apr 29 '13 at 16:25
No, for the whole country –  clickonMe Apr 29 '13 at 16:29
In that case, fixing your answer to say that. –  T.E.D. Apr 29 '13 at 17:39

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