The Political Economy of Germany, 1815-1914: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Political Economy of Germany, 1815-1914

1st Edition

By Martin Kitchen


302 pages

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pub: 2019-07-16
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Originally published in 1978, this book goes beyond conventional studies of economic history to discuss wider political and social questions pertinent to the development of the German political economy of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The interaction between economic development and social structure played a unique and extremely important role in the development of 19th century Germany and accounts for the distinct manner in which German society developed during this period. This book examines the origins and nature of the German industrial revolution, and effects of the Zollverein on economic growth and national unity, and the critical role of railway building.

Table of Contents

1. Germany in 1815 2. Towards Economic Unification 3. The Social Impact of Economic Development 1815-1850 4. The 1850s: Growth and Crisis 5. Economics and Unification 6. From Boom to Depression 7. The Impact of the Great Depression 1873-1895 8. Imperialism 9. Rye and Iron 10. World Politics and Mitteleuropa 11. The Economic Founds of pre-War Policy 1900-1914

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: German History

Originally published between 1929 and 1991 the volumes in this set:

  • Offer a comprehensive and challenging interpretation of the German past
  • Assess Bismarck’s contribution to the German Empire and his legacy for modern Germany
  • Examine the psyche of the Germans and discuss the psychological impact of the Second World War on the Germans
  • Review critically not only the rise and rule of National Socialism, but also the strength of authoritarianism and militarism and the weakness of democracy in 19th Century Germany
  • Examine the inter-relationships between social and economic change on the one hand, and political developments on the other.
  • Analyse the significance of the Zollverein on economic growth
  • Discuss authority and the law in the German Empire and the Weimar Republic.
  • Analyse the contribution of German historians to 20th Century historiography
  • Chart key events in British – German trade rivalry
  • Include archival material from both the former East and West Germany.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Germany