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Politics and industrialization : early railroads in the United States and Prussia

Author: Colleen A Dunlavy
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1994.
Series: Princeton studies in American politics.; Princeton studies in business and technology.
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"How do national political institutions influence the process of industrial change? This comparative study of the birth of American and Prussian railroads offers historical insights into this critical, but seldom studied, question. Analyzing developments in the 1830s and 1840s, Colleen Dunlavy shows how two very different political structures affected the dynamics of railroad policy making, the organization of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Colleen A Dunlavy
ISBN: 0691047693 9780691047690
OCLC Number: 27973770
Description: xiv, 303 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Note on weights, measures, and currency --
Introduction. The new institutionalisms ; The comparative rationale ; The argument --
American intervention and Prussian abstention. State promotion of early railroads ; Regulating early railroads --
Interpreting early railroad policies. The configuration of interests. The force of ideas ; Political structure and policy-making --
Organizing railroad interests. The first stirrings of interfirm cooperation ; Organizing Prussian railroad interests ; Fruitless American efforts ; Political structure and system-building --
National styles of railroad technology. International colloquy on technological styles ; National wealth as a parameter of choice ; The American system in Prussia ; Political structure and engineering style --
Epilogue: How industrial change structures Politics. The transformation of the 1850s ; Organizing American railroad interests.
Series Title: Princeton studies in American politics.; Princeton studies in business and technology.
Responsibility: Colleen A. Dunlavy.
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"A pathbreaking comparative study. Dunlavy's meticulous research reveals how political history and pioneer railroad history are intermeshed."--"Choice"

 
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