I gave Gold for Iron

University essay from Lunds universitet/Ekonomisk-historiska institutionen

Abstract: In 1806 Prussia had to face tremendous economic pressure. In this article an interdisciplinary approach on wartime economy is applied. Controlling for different spheres that influence the economy during wars, the success of the Prussian state in the War of Liberation will be discussed. Prussia’s pre-industrialized status therefore allows observing early measures for taking influence on the economic progress. Social reforms, market dynamics, trading strategies were essential elements of strategies conducted in the recovery process helping Prussia to fight back Napoleon and become a continental Great Power.

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