German Historical Economics as Development Economics

  • Matthias P. Altmann
Part of the The European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences book series (EHES, volume 8)


The tradition of the Historical School of Economics reaches back to the end of the 30 Years’ War which was fought between 1618 and 1648 mainly on the ­territory of today’s Germany. It left the country in a state of devastation and had considerably depleted its productive resources. The task of the German public administration was thus one of reconstruction and directed towards a gradual catch-up with the German states’ wealthier neighbours – a theme that also motivated much of the later writings by members of the Historical School and made them a genuine part of the development literature, albeit one from the perspective of a backward nation.


Marginal Utility Austrian School Economic Phenomenon German Original Historical School 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CologneGermany

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