Excerpt from The Economic Development of France: And Germany 1815-1914
For some years now I have lectured at Cambridge over the ground covered by this book. In 1907 I published, in Vol. x of the Cambridge Modern History, a chapter part of which corresponds - in matter and I daresay sometimes in words - with the earlier chapters which follow. I was urged by friends to put all my material into book form, for the use of the growing body of those at Cambridge and elsewhere who now study European economic history and are handicapped by the lack of books in English, and of comprehensive books in any language. I have written with an eye to them; but I hope what I have written may interest others.
At first I planned a history of West European economic development in the nineteenth century; but I abandoned this notion, after discussion, for fear that such a book would be either outrageously long or overcrowded with dry and unexplained detail. Even as it is, in this attempt to put French and German economic history into a West European framework, the references to several topics will, I am sure, seem deficient in analytical explanation to many readers.
Footnotes have been reduced to a minimum; so some account of the sources on which I have drawn most may be given here. For the earlier period there is a bibliography to my chapter in the Modern History.
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