Agriculture, Industry, and Communications

Anna Ross

in Beyond the Barricades

Published in print January 2019 | ISBN: 9780198833826
Published online February 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780191872204 | DOI:
Agriculture, Industry, and Communications

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This chapter looks at the efforts of the Brandenburg–Manteuffel and Manteuffel Ministries of State to reform agriculture, industry, and communications in the post-revolutionary decade. Throughout the 1850s, Manteuffel and the Trade Minister August von der Heydt sought to create economic growth in ways that had not been possible before the revolution. On a macro-scale, they implemented long-developed plans for peasant emancipation to make agriculture more profitable. They also looked to ease the effects of free trade. In Prussia’s industrial sectors, the Trade Ministry oversaw a programme of substantial direct and indirect interventions to stimulate growth, the likes of which were predominantly being borne by the business class before 1848. And, in communications, the state reached into the countryside with the construction of railways, roads, and telegraph lines. Prussia’s economic reforms were essential to the making of the modern Prussian state and, despite their domestic focus, did not preclude the possibility of national codification.

Keywords: emancipation; free trade; trade council; industry; railroads; banking; telegraph; August von der Heydt

Chapter.  13174 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Political History

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