Perspectives on modern German economic history and policy


Perspectives on modern German economic history and policy

Knut Borchardt ; translated by Peter Lambert

Cambridge University Press, 1991

  • : pbk


Wachstum, Krisen, Handlungsspielräume der Wirtschaftspolitik

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Translation of: Wachstum, Krisen, Handlungsspielräume der Wirtschaftspolitik

Includes bibliographical references and index



This collection of essays covers themes central to German economic history while considering their interaction with other historical phenomena. Among the essays Borchardt considers Germany's late start as an industrial nation, the West-East developmental gradient, key patterns of long-term economic development, and unusual changes in the phenomena of business cycles. The collection also contains the essays which have become the subject of so-called 'Borchardt controversies', in which hypotheses are presented on the economic causes of the collapse of the parliamentary regime by 1929-30, at the very end of the 'crisis before the crisis'. He also explains why there were no alternatives to the economic policies of the slump, and in particular why there was no 'miracle weapon' against Hitler's seizure of power. These are among the most original and stimulating contributions of recent years to the economic history of modern Germany and will be of interest to anyone who ponders deeply the meaning of history.


  • List of figures
  • List of tables
  • Preface to the English edition
  • Preface to the German editon
  • List of original chapter titles and first places of publication
  • Abbreviations
  • 1. Protectionism in historical perspective
  • 2. Was there a capital shortage in the first half of the nineteenth century in Germany
  • 3. Regional variations in growth in Germany in the nineteenth century with particular reference to the west-east developmental gradient
  • 4. Investment in education and instruction in the nineteenth century
  • 5. Changes in the phenomenon of the business cycle over the last hundred years
  • 6. Trends, cycles, structural breaks, chance: what determines twentieth-century German economic history?
  • 7. The Federal Republic of Germany in the secular trend of economic development
  • 8. Germany's experience of inflation
  • 9. Constraints and room for manoeuvre in the great depression of the early thirties: towards a revision of the received historical picture
  • 10. Economic causes of the collapse of the Weimar Republic
  • 11. Germany's exchange rate options during the great depression
  • Notes
  • Index.

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