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Patricians and parvenus : wealth and high society in Wilhelmine Germany /
Dolores L. Augustine.
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Oxford ; Providence, R.I. : Berg Publishers, 1994.
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xii, 303 p.
ISBN
0854963979
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imprint
Oxford ; Providence, R.I. : Berg Publishers, 1994.
isbn
0854963979
catalogue key
617835
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-03:
Augustine delivers a crisp, analytical collective biography of the financial elite in Wilhelmine Germany. Its foundation is the second edition of Rudolf Martin's Das Jahrbuch der Million"are Deutschlands (Berlin, 1911-14), which identifies 502 wealthy businessmen (those with a fortune of six million marks or more) through official tax records. Augustine then used corroborating archival resources, autobiographical and biographical studies, and secondary sources to track down the individuals and analyze and reflect on various characteristics of their personal lives: their education and upbringing; their adolescent conflicts with authority; courtship and marriage; family life and power relations; choice of residence and its significance; and their role in high society. What emerges is a profile of upward mobility among the German bourgeoisie who helped create the thriving economy of the Wilhelmine era. Purposeful in their choices, not particularly anxious themselves to join the old landed aristocracy, these dynamic industrialists, merchants, and bankers nevertheless boosted their children into high social positions. Despite antisemitism, even some Jewish tycoons were able to break social barriers because of their wealth. With firm primary research, extensive use of printed resources in English and German, comparative techniques, and imaginative analytical methodology, this work is an excellent model for subsequent social history research. Undergraduate; graduate; faculty. E. L. Turk; Indiana University East
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"... a splendid and informative work of social history that calls orthodox views of the German economic elite in the Wilhelmine period into question. Her work is a fine combination of quantitative and qualitative analysis and presents a portrait of this important group in society that is as convincing in its evidence as it is fascinating in its detail." --Gerald D. Feldman, Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley "This is a highly interesting study on the very rich in the urban, industrial and financial world of Imperial Germany." --Hartmut Kaeble, Professor of Social History, Humboldt-University, Berlin "... a crisp, analytical collective biography of the financial elite in Wilhelmine Germany ... With firm primary research, extensive use of printed resources in English and German, comparative techniques, and imaginative analytical methodology, this work is an excellent model for subsequent social history research." --Choice "Professor Augustine has made a significant contribution to the attack on the traditional historiography of the Wilhelmine elite ... It deserves a wide audience among both historians and scholars of Wilhelmine literature." --H_German "... this is a model study of its kind, wide-ranging, original and very sensible in its conclusions." --International Review of Social History " ... offers a wealth of detailed information ... with its impressive bibliography constitutes a valuable addition to the literature of Wilhelmian Germany and its society." --Central European History "This is a fascinating book which makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the social elites of Wilhelmine Germany. It deserves to find a wide readership." --English Historical Review "The book presents a penetrating and wide-ranging analysis of a previously neglected subject. It reaches some thought-provoking conclusions which will contribute to the reassessment of the social history of the Second Reich .... Both specialists and non-specialists will find much of interest here." --History
"... a splendid and informative work of social history that calls orthodox views of the German economic elite in the Wilhelmine period into question. Her work is a fine combination of quantitative and qualitative analysis and presents a portrait of this important group in society that is as convincing in its evidence as it is fascinating in its detail." --Gerald D. Feldman, Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley "This is a highly interesting study on the very rich in the urban, industrial and financial world of Imperial Germany." --Hartmut Kaeble, Professor of Social History, Humboldt-University, Berlin "... a crisp, analytical collective biography of the financial elite in Wilhelmine Germany ... With firm primary research, extensive use of printed resources in English and German, comparative techniques, and imaginative analytical methodology, this work is an excellent model for subsequent social history research." --Choice "Professor Augustine has made a significant contribution to the attack on the traditional historiography of the Wilhelmine elite ... It deserves a wide audience among both historians and scholars of Wilhelmine literature." --H_German "... this is a model study of its kind, wide-ranging, original and very sensible in its conclusions." -- International Review of Social History " ... offers a wealth of detailed information ... with its impressive bibliography constitutes a valuable addition to the literature of Wilhelmian Germany and its society." -- Central European History "This is a fascinating book which makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the social elites of Wilhelmine Germany. It deserves to find a wide readership." -- English Historical Review "The book presents a penetrating and wide-ranging analysis of a previously neglected subject. It reaches some thought-provoking conclusions which will contribute to the reassessment of the social history of the Second Reich .... Both specialists and non-specialists will find much of interest here." -- History
'... a splendid and informative work of social history that calls orthodox views of the German economic elite in the Wilhelmine period into question. Her work is a fine combination of quantitative and qualitative analysis and presents a portrait of this important group in society that is as convincing in its evidence as it is fascinating in its detail.'Gerald D. Feldman, Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley'This is a highly interesting study on the very rich in the urban, industrial and financial world of Imperial Germany.'Hartmut Kaeble, Professor of Social History, Humboldt-University, Berlin'... a crisp, analytical collective biography of the financial elite in Wilhelmine Germany ... With firm primary research, extensive use of printed resources in English and German, comparative techniques, and imaginative analytical methodology, this work is an excellent model for subsequent social history research.'Choice'Professor Augustine has made a significant contribution to the attack on the traditional historiography of the Wilhelmine elite ... It deserves a wide audience among both historians and scholars of Wilhelmine literature.'H_German'... this is a model study of its kind, wide-ranging, original and very sensible in its conclusions.'International Review of Social History' ... offers a wealth of detailed information ... with its impressive bibliography constitutes a valuable addition to the literature of Wilhelmian Germany and its society.'Central European History"This is a fascinating book which makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the social elites of Wilhelmine Germany. It deserves to find a wide readership."English Historical Review"The book presents a penetrating and wide-ranging analysis of a previously neglected subject. It reaches some thought-provoking conclusions which will contribute to the reassessment of the social history of the Second Reich .... Both specialists and non-specialists will find much of interest here."History"German socio-economic history, based on primary sources and with a large range of implications taken into consideration, has seldom been described so thoroughly"Journal of European Economic History'the book opens a fruitful line or inquiry into German cultural and social history of the late eighteenth century, providing valuable resourcese for further scholarly research.'Journal of Modern History'Accomplished contribution to a much-needed history of the bourgeoisie in Imperial Germany.'MGM
'... a splendid and informative work of social history that calls orthodox views of the German economic elite in the Wilhelmine period into question. Her work is a fine combination of quantitative and qualitative analysis and presents a portrait of this important group in society that is as convincing in its evidence as it is fascinating in its detail.' Gerald D. Feldman, Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley 'This is a highly interesting study on the very rich in the urban, industrial and financial world of Imperial Germany.' Hartmut Kaeble, Professor of Social History, Humboldt-University, Berlin ls"... a crisp, analytical collective biography of the financial elite in Wilhelmine Germany ... With firm primary research, extensive use of printed resources in English and German, comparative techniques, and imaginative analytical methodology, this work is an excellent model for subsequent social history research.rs" Choice ls"Professor Augustine has made a significant contribution to the attack on the traditional historiography of the Wilhelmine elite ... It deserves a wide audience among both historians and scholars of Wilhelmine literature.rs" H_German '... this is a model study of its kind, wide-ranging, original and very sensible in its conclusions.' International Review of Social History ' ... offers a wealth of detailed information ... with its impressive bibliography constitutes a valuable addition to the literature of Wilhelmian Germany and its society.' Central European History "This is a fascinating book which makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the social elites of Wilhelmine Germany. It deserves to find a wide readership." English Historical Review "The book presents a penetrating and wide-ranging analysis of a previously neglected subject. It reaches some thought-provoking conclusions which will contribute to the reassessment of the social history of the Second Reich .... Both specialists and non-specialists will find much of interest here." History "German socio-economic history, based on primary sources and with a large range of implications taken into consideration, has seldom been described so thoroughly" Journal of European Economic History'the book opens a fruitful line or inquiry into German cultural and social history of the late eighteenth century, providing valuable resourcese for further scholarly research.' Journal of Modern History 'Accomplished contribution to a much-needed history of the bourgeoisie in Imperial Germany.' MGM
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Summaries
Main Description
This many-sided study of the wealthy business elite of Wilhelmine Germany is based on comprehensive quantitative data on the 502 wealthiest businessmen of the time, material from public and private papers and 200 autobiographies. Not only business history, but family and social history, gender roles, ethnicity, class relations, consumption patterns and broader historical factors are synthesised in the first coherent view of the social world of the wealthy business elite of Wilhelmine Germany.Selected for the CHOICE list of Outstanding Academic Books for 1995 (Choice current reviews for Academic Libraries)
Main Description
This many-sided study of the wealthy business elite of Wilhelmine Germany is based on comprehensive quantitative data on the 502 wealthiest businessmen of the time, material from public and private papers and 200 autobiographies. Not only business history, but family and social history, gender roles, ethnicity, class relations, consumption patterns and broader historical factors are synthesised in the first coherent view of the social world of the wealthy business elite of Wilhelmine Germany. Selected for the CHOICE list of Outstanding Academic Books for 1995 (Choice current reviews for Academic Libraries)
Table of Contents
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Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
Profile of the Wilhelmine Wealth Elitep. 26
Marriagep. 61
Family Life and Power Relations within the Familyp. 91
Family Solidarity, Youthful Rebellion, and the Sons' Choice of Professionp. 127
Residential Patterns, Villas, and Landed Estatesp. 160
Wealthy Business Families in High Societyp. 191
Conclusionp. 243
Bibliographyp. 255
Indexp. 295
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