“Probably, the most important industrial chemical process in the world concerns the production of ammonia from its elements, hydrogen and nitrogen. its use as a fertilizer is absolutely necessary to feed a hungry world. It is also an essential component of explosives.”
-Leo J. Malone, Theodore O. Dolter Basic Concepts of Chemistry, 9th ed. p. 214
[Eckhart Kehr’s] studies of the intimate relations of business leaders, industrialists, and foreign policymakers in the empire forced him to the conclusion that profit had been a far more significant incentive for German imperialism than grandiose thoughts about the German mission…[He] discovered that social structure and economic interests influenced political decisions in ways that pious historians had always denied, or, rather, never seen.
Peter Gay, Weimar Culture: Outsider as Insider (New York, NY: W.W. Norton and Company, inc. 2001), 29.