Landownership in Eastern Germany Before the Great War: A Quantitative Analysis by Scott M. EddieLandownership in Eastern Germany Before the Great War: A Quantitative Analysis by Scott M. Eddie

Landownership in Eastern Germany Before the Great War: A Quantitative Analysis

byScott M. Eddie

Hardcover | March 6, 2008

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The big landlords of eastern Germany have loomed large in the country's history, but the absence of official statistics on land ownership has left their position and identity confined to folklore, without satisfactory quantification. This study, making extensive use of primary sources from the seven 'core provinces' of eastern Germany-the so-called 'East Elbian' region-establishes answers to questions pivotal to our understanding of pre-war Germany: who were the biggest land owners, both by area and by the tax assessment oftheir land? Which social groups held land? How much land did they own and where? How did this change, especially during the last decades before the Great War?Professor Eddie demonstrates that most of the inroads into land ownership by the bourgeoisie had already been made by the mid-1850s, perhaps even before the mid-1830s. However, one of the most interesting findings in this study is that, despite rapid industrialization after 1880, there was a netexodus of the nouveaux riches from the ranks of large land owners. On the eve of war, the largest landowners were the Prussian state, the royalty, and the higher nobility.Meticulously researched and thoroughly documented, this book will be the benchmark for all future work in this area.

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Scott Eddie is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Toronto.

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Title:Landownership in Eastern Germany Before the Great War: A Quantitative AnalysisFormat:HardcoverDimensions:340 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:March 6, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198201664

ISBN - 13:9780198201663

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Table of Contents

List of tablesList of chartsPreface1. Introduction2. Data considerations3. The geographical and size distribution of large landed properties4. Ownership of land by rank or class of owner5. The biggest land owners6. Knight's estates: A special class of property7. Industry on the land8. Classifying land by its use9. Concluding remarksAppendix: Coding the Handbook dataList of works cited