Opting for Oil

Opting for Oil : The Political Economy of Technological Change in the West German Industry, 1945 -1961

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This book investigates the causes, course and consequences of the shift in West German chemical technology from a coal to a petroleum basis between 1945 and 1961. It examines the historical underpinnings of the technological culture of the German chemical industry; changing political and economic constraints on technological decision-making in the post-war period; and the actual decision-making process within five individual firms. By addressing a wide variety of broader issues - including the origins and impact of the division of Germany; the effects of the Wirtschaftswunder, or economic miracle; European integration; and the changing role of the West German Federal Republic in the international political order - this book explains how West German industry regained and then retained a competitive position in world markets.

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  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 154.9 x 233.7 x 17.8mm | 385.56g
  • CambridgeUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissue
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0521025761
  • 9780521025768
  • 1,688,218

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