The Most Valuable Asset of the Reich: A History of the German National Railway Volume 1, 1920-1932 (Hardback)
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The Most Valuable Asset of the Reich: A History of the German National Railway Volume 1, 1920-1932 (Hardback)

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Hardback 512 Pages / Published: 31/12/1999
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The largest enterprise in the capitalist world between 1920 and 1932, the Deutsche Reichsbahn (German National Railway) was at the center of events in a period of great turmoil in Germany. In the first detailed history of this important organization, Alfred Mierzejewski presents a sophisticated analysis of the Reichsbahn's operations, finances, and political and social roles. In addition, he uses the story of the Reichsbahn to gain new perspectives on modern German economic and political history. Mierzejewski describes and analyzes the beginnings of the national railway in Germany and the problems that it faced. He examines the Reichsbahn's noncapitalistic, ""commonweal"" approach to economic management and shows how the railway was used to hold Germany together, especially in the face of Bavarian particularism. Mierzejewski's account also provides unparalleled insight into Germany's reparations policies, demonstrating that Germany was fully capable of paying the Dawes annuities and that the government's claims that reparations paid by the Reichsbahn hurt both the railway and Germany were groundless. A second volume will cover the period from 1933 to 1945. |The first of two volumes, the book details the history of the German National Railway from 1920-1932, analyzing its operations, finances, and political and social roles.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807824962
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 912 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 36 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
For the public the hope for a carefully edited German edition is as important as it is urgent.

"Historische Zeitschrift"


This impressive study combines market-oriented economic concepts with the historiographical recognition.

"German Studies Review"


This [is] an indispensable contribution to a number of discussions on interwar economy and business history.

"Business History Review"


Mierzejewski's two volumes on the Reichsbahn will serve as solid references and points of departure for future research.

"Technology and Culture"


Mierzejewski has carved a niche for himself in this field. His reputation will be further enhanced by this publication.

"International History Review"


This Yis an indispensable contribution to a number of discussions on interwar economy and business history.

"Business History Review"

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“A book for the serious student”

Given the price of this volume you are not going to buy it unless you have a serious interest in the history of this period. It is not a book that will appeal to many railway fans as it deals mainly with the finance... More

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