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    DescriptionThis 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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    Opting for Oil
    The Political Economy of Technological Change in the West German Industry, 1945 -1961
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Raymond G. Stokes
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 276
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    ISBN 13: 9780521025768
    ISBN 10: 0521025761

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DFG
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW3
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJPG
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BIC subject category V2: KNDC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 10
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY
    Abridged Dewey: 330
    B&T General Subject: 180
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1960, CULT/GERMNY
    Ingram Subject Code: BE
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    Libri: I-BE
    BIC subject category V2: HBTK
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27870
    BISAC V2.8: BUS069000
    LC classification: HB
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1950
    BISAC V2.8: BUS070040
    DC22: 338.4766
    BIC subject category V2: 1DFG, 3JJPG
    B&T Approval Code: G45704800
    LC classification: HD9656.G38 S77 1994
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 338.47660094
    Thema V1.0: KND, NHTK
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
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    Publication date
    30 April 2006
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    Review quote
    '... finely crafted ... fine achievement in scholarly analysis.' Nature
    Table of contents
    Introduction; Part I. Background: 1. Politics and technological excellence: organic chemicals, 1860-1945: 2. Western German chemicals in flux, 1945-1955; Part II. Bargaining from Strength: The Political Economy Of Technological Change, 1945-1955: 3. A new agenda, 1949-1955: Cold War, changing energy patterns and the development of West German chemical technology; 4. Rejoining the international community: international cooperation and technology transfer, 1951-1955; Part III. Alternative Paths to Plenty: Case Studies from the mid-1950s: 5. Fifty-fifty with the petroleum multinationals: BASF, Shell, and Rheinische Olefinwerke; 6. Fifty-fifty with the petroleum multinationals: Bayer, British Petroleum, and Erdolchemie; 7. Going it alone: Hoechst; 8. State's interest and technological change: Huls and cold-rubber technology; 9. End game strategies: the German coal industry and the Fischer-Tropsch process; Part IV. Consolidating the New Regime, 1957-1961: 10. Petrochemicals triumphant, 1957-1961; 11. Conclusion; Index.