Emigration and the industrial revolution in German Europe, 1820-1900
- Benjamin Peter Hein.
- [Stanford, California] : [Stanford University], 2018.
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- Hein, Benjamin Peter, author.
- Sheffer, Edith degree supervisor.
- Daughton, J. P. (James Patrick), degree committee member.
- Naimark, Norman M., degree committee member.
- Satia, Priya, degree committee member.
- White, Richard, 1947- degree committee member.
- Stanford University. Department of History.
- Starting around 1850, the economically backward region of German central Europe embarked on a period of rapid economic growth that would soon transform it into a global economic powerhouse. Looking beyond the standard list of explanatory factors and conditions for industrialization (including proximity to Britain or German technological ingenuity), this dissertation offers a historically contingent interpretation by situating the region in its Atlantic World context. Between 1820 and 1900, some five million German speakers emigrated to North America. The study argues that this movement helped to catalyze development back in Europe because it exposed large, otherwise isolated segments of the population to an unfamiliar world of economic behaviors, mores, ideas, and institutions. Six chapters explore how this exposure mobilized the rural, working population for a centralized, industrial production regime; how it sparked the creation of new financial institutions like 'universal banks, ' often described as key during later stages of development; and how subtle changes in economic morality forced the introduction of innovative commercial laws upon which subsequent iterations of German industrialization would built.
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- Thesis Ph.D. Stanford University 2018.
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