Enterprise and Technology: The German and British Steel Industries, 1897-1914

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 19, 2009 - Business & Economics - 308 pages
This is a detailed account of the British and German steel industries' performance during three decades which were marked by dramatic change. Relying on governmental and corporate archives as well as on the contemporary trade literature, Professor Wengenroth has drawn a meticulous picture of how managements in the two countries met the strategic problems raised by these changes. The author does not however merely trace technological developments; rather, he uses them as a backdrop for a contribution to the long-running debate on Britain's relative industrial decline in the late nineteenth century.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The technology of late nineteenthcentury steelmaking
11
the railways as major customers of the new steel industry
31
the individual strategies of firms
59
collective strategies
119
5 New processes and new markets
157
6 Efficiency and capacity for innovation
247
Sources and bibliography
274
Index
285
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