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The Politics and Policies of European Economic Integration, 1850–1914

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  • Examines the policy fields of worker protection policy, patent policy, telegraphy, and hygiene policy
  • Analyzes the history of the phenomenon of the internationally integrated nation-state
  • Considers whether internationalism during the last third of the nineteenth century was a legal instrument

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Economic History (PEHS)

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This book asks anew whether there really was European integration before 1914. By focussing on quantitative (economic indicators) and qualitative data (the international regulation of patents, communication networks, social policy and plant protection), the authors re-evaluate European integration of the time and address the politics of seemingly apolitical cooperation. The authors show that European integration was multifaceted and cooperation less the result of intent, than of incentives. National polities and international regimes co-shaped each other. The result is a book that achieves two things: offer stand-alone chapters that shed light on specific developments and – these read altogether – develop a bigger picture. It will be of interest to researchers and students of economic history, as well as those interested in the history of internationalism and globalisation.

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“The Politics and Policies of European Economic Integration, 1850–1914 combines an older existing strand of the literature—the role of technology in European integration pioneered by the Tensions of Europe network— with a relatively newer one … . the book offers new understandings of how international organization—in the broadest sense of the term—took shape  in the European realm since the nineteenth century.” (Vincent Lagendijk, Technology and Culture, Vol. 65 (1), January, 2024)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

    Yaman Kouli

  • French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), UMR Sirice, Paris, France

    Léonard Laborie

About the authors

Yaman Kouli is a researcher at the Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf. He has held numerous other positions, including as research assistant at the Chemnitz University of Technology and an A.SK-fellow at the Berlin Social Science Centre. From 2018 to 2020, he was Feodor-Lynen fellow and received a scholarship from the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation. His fields of expertise are Poland’s economic history during the 20th century, the knowledge-based economy and European integration.

Léonard Laborie has been a research fellow at the CNRS, UMR Sirice in Paris since 2010. He received his PhD in contemporary history from Sorbonne University. His research deals with the interactions between science, technology and diplomacy in the making of Europe since the 1850s. He was chairman of the Tensions of Europe Research Network on History, Technology and Europe from 2019 to 2022.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Politics and Policies of European Economic Integration, 1850–1914

  • Authors: Yaman Kouli, Léonard Laborie

  • Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Economic History

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Economics and Finance, Economics and Finance (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-00295-3Published: 02 January 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-00296-0Published: 01 January 2023

  • Series ISSN: 2662-6497

  • Series E-ISSN: 2662-6500

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 169

  • Number of Illustrations: 2 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Economic History, Labor Economics, Law and Economics

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