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From the 1920s to the 1950s

Youssef Cassis

in Big Business

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780198296065
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596056 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198296061.003.0002
 From the 1920s to the 1950s

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Analyses the development of big business in Britain, France and Germany from the 1920s to the 1950s. Companies with a share capital of £3 million or more in 1927 and £5 million or more in 1953 and a workforce of 10,000 or more for both years have been considered as large. While the number of large companies, especially in the new industries, increased everywhere, this was the period when Britain's advance, both in quantity and diversity, was most evident. German big business displayed remarkable stability given the political upheavals experienced by the country during this period. The foundations of modern big business in France were laid during these years and not, as too often assumed, in the 1960s.

Keywords: Britain; depression; France; Germany; large firms; Second World War

Chapter.  15209 words. 

Subjects: Economic History

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