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Migration and Inequality in Germany 1870-1913

Oliver Grant


Presenting a new view of German history in the late 19th century, the author argues that many of the problems of Imperial Germany were temporary ones produced by the strain of rapid industrialization. Drawing on the tools of development economics he argues that Germany passed through a labour surplus phase as described by the Lewis Model. This period came to an end around 1900, creating more favourable conditions for political reform and social reconciliation. But Germany's progress to full political and economic maturity was derailed at the outbreak of war in 1914. The author bases his argume ... More

Keywords: Imperial Germany, rapid industrialization, development economics, labour surplus phase, Lewis Model, rural-urban migration, Marxist ideas, social democratic vote

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199276561
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276561.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Oliver Grant, author
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford
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