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From Old Regime to Industrial State: A History of German Industrialization from the Eighteenth Century to World War I
by Richard H. Tilly and Michael Kopsidis
University of Chicago Press, 2020
eISBN: 978-0-226-72557-4 | Cloth: 978-0-226-72543-7

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In From Old Regime to Industrial State, Richard H. Tilly and Michael Kopsidis question established thinking about Germany’s industrialization. While some hold that Germany experienced a sudden breakthrough to industrialization, the authors instead consider a long view, incorporating market demand, agricultural advances, and regional variations in industrial innovativeness, customs, and governance.  They begin their assessment earlier than previous studies to show how the 18th-century emergence of international trade and the accumulation of capital by merchants fed commercial expansion and innovation. This book provides the history behind the modern German economic juggernaut.

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