Historical Term: Autarky

“Autarky (deriv. Gk autarkeia, self sufficient). In economic terms, a policy aimed at total home-production to the exclusion of imported goods. Pre-World War II Germany’s search for a blockade-proof economy provides a good example of economic autarky.”

Excerpted from: Cook, Chris. Dictionary of Historical Terms. New York: Gramercy, 1998.

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