Quite true, but also irrelevent in the context of World War II. Complaints regarding the problematic nature of GDP are based upon the context of the globalized world of today, not the desperate and partly or wholly "closed" individual nations fighting World War II.ljadw wrote:This is not so : it is a question of elimination
1)GDP should not be used (not a good indication in the case of closed economies:not my words)
Actually, there has long been very good agreement - Guns, Germs, and Steel - pretty adequately covers it.2)Figures of production of raw materials should not be used,because there is no agreement about what raw materials should be used : has the fact that Germany produced more steel is more important than the fact that the SU produced more oil ?
Germany produced more steel, but it was inadquate for all their requirements (see Tooze); the Soviet Union produced less initially, but received more finished steel product, and utilized it differently than did Germany.
Germany produced less oil, but sufficient for their requirements until about mid 1943.
More important to the end result of the war were manpower and strategic requirements.