The Legacy of German Economic History

Archetypes and global diffusion

Authored by: Jan-Otmar Hesse

Routledge Handbook of Global Economic History

Print publication date:  December  2015
Online publication date:  December  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138838031
eBook ISBN: 9781315734736
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The work of the German Historical School is usually considered the most prominent German contribution to the global literature in economic history. However, its main writings were originally intended as contributions to economics and social science rather than to economic history. Critique and adaptation of the School’s teachings came from the academic disciplines nursing economic history in its early stages, that is, economics and history. The origins of German economic history cannot therefore be reduced to the approaches, albeit highly influential, of Gustav von Schmoller, Max Weber and Werner Sombart.

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