The German Historical School

Bruce Caldwell

in Hayek's Challenge

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780226091914
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226091921 | DOI:
The German Historical School

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This chapter begins with a review of the antecedents to the German historical school, the cameralist and Nationalökonomie traditions. Next it documents the effects of the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and the Napoleonic conquests on German thought. That intellectual movement and those political events fostered a new nationalism among many Germans and, ultimately, produced among its scholars a rejection of cosmopolitanism and an insistence on the importance of a people's own, unique history. Such general sentiments found particular expression in the early decades of the nineteenth century in the German historical schools of law and, later, of economics.

Keywords: Cameralism; Nationalökonomie; historical economics; Enlightenment; French Revolution; Napolenonic conquest

Chapter.  10295 words. 

Subjects: Economic History

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