Industrial Culture and Bourgeouis Society: Business, Labor and Bureaucracy in Modern Germany

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Jürgen Kocka is one of the foremost historians of Germany whose work has been devoted to the integration of different genres of the social and economic history of Europe during the period of industrialization. This collection of essays gives a representative sample of his effort to develop, by reference to Marx and Weber, new and powerful analytical tools for understanding the dynamics of modern industrial societies.

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Jürgen Kocka is one of the foremost historians of Germany whose work has been devoted to the integration of different genres of the social and economic history of Europe during the period of industrialization. This collection of essays gives a representative sample of his effort to develop, by reference to Marx and Weber, new and powerful analytical tools for understanding the dynamics of modern industrial societies.

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Countering the trend to segregate economic/business and social history, Kocka (history of the industrial world, Free U. Berlin) presents an integrative history of German industrial society in 13 essays. Featured is his seminal study of the Siemens electrical engineering firm, on the impact of bureaucratic structures and entrepreneurship on family relations. The concluding chapter spans 1800-1990 in presenting "the difficult rise" of modern German civil society. Data tables and figures profile Germany's labor force. Translators are noted for six of the chapters. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781571811585
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/1998
  • Pages: 288
  • Lexile: 1560L (what's this?)

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Jürgen Kocka holds the chair for the History of the Industrial World at the Free University Berlin and is a permanent Fellow of the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study. He is a member of the Academia Europaea Cambridge and of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. In 1992 he received the Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Introduction: The Quest for an Integrative History of Industrial Society
Ch. 1 From Manufactory to Factory: Technology and Workplace Relations at Siemens, 1847-1873 1
Ch. 2 Family and Bureaucracy in German Industrial Management, 1850-1914: Siemens in Comparative Perspective 27
Ch. 3 Managerial Blockade: Siemens and the Preventable Rise of AEG 51
Ch. 4 Entrepreneurship in a Latecomer Country: The German Case 70
Ch. 5 The Entrepreneur, the Family, and Capitalism: Examples from the Early Phase of German Industrialization 103
Ch. 6 Salaried Entrepreneurs in German Industry at the Turn of the Twentieth Century 139
Ch. 7 Big Business and the Rise of Managerial Capitalism: Germany in International Comparison 156
Ch. 8 New Energies in the Nineteenth Century: Toward a Social History of the Electricity Business 174
Ch. 9 Middle Class and Authoritarian State: Toward a History of the German "Burgertum" in the Nineteenth Century 192
Ch. 10 Social Mobility and the Formation of the Working Class 208
Ch. 11 The Middle Classes in Europe 231
Ch. 12 The First World War and the "Mittelstand": German Artisans and White-Collar Workers 255
Ch. 13 The Difficult Rise of a Civil Society: Modern Germany 1800-1990 275
Selected Bibliography 298
Index 311
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