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From Old Regime to Industrial StateA History of German Industrialization from the Eighteenth Century to World War I$
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Richard H. Tilly and Michael Kopsidis

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226725437

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226725574.001.0001

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Early Industrialization, Government Policies, and the German Zollverein

Early Industrialization, Government Policies, and the German Zollverein

(p.87) Five Early Industrialization, Government Policies, and the German Zollverein
From Old Regime to Industrial State

Richard H. Tilly

Michael Kopsidis

University of Chicago Press

This chapter is centered around the development of the German customs union, the Zollverein. Summarizing the recent literature, it emphasizes the strategic importance of fiscal concerns and geographic location for Prussian success after 1815 in using the customs unions of 1818 and 1834 to serve its own hegemonic interests as well as those of German economic integration. It further discusses Germany´s early industrialization as product of internal market integration, technological borrowing from abroad, and land and water transportation improvements.

Keywords:   Prussian Customs Union of 1818, Zollverein, market integration, transportation improvements

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