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The Rise of Historical Economics and Social Reform in Germany 1864-1894

Erik Grimmer-Solem


Social science and social reform flourished in Imperial Germany, and the historical economist Gustav Schmoller made fundamental contributions to both. Despite this, historians have neglected him. Questioning the term ‘German Historical School’ associated with Schmoller, this book reveals the European context of Schmoller's thought and the influence of empiricism, statistics, and advances in the natural sciences on his choice of methods. By exploring the social context in detail, it demonstrates how the nexus of young scholars around Schmoller fundamentally transformed German economics into a t ... More

Keywords: social science, Imperial Germany, Gustav Schmoller, German economics, rapid industrialization, division of labour, individual economic action, German liberalism, classlessness, social policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199260416
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199260416.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erik Grimmer-Solem, author
Assistant Professor of History, Wesleyan University
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