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Communism and NationalismKarl Marx versus Friedrich List$
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Roman Szporluk

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780195051032

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195051032.001.0001

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Friedrich List: 1789–1846

Friedrich List: 1789–1846

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(p.96) 7 Friedrich List: 1789–1846
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Communism and Nationalism
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Roman Szporluk

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195051032.003.0007

The chapter gives a short but extensive autobiography of Friedrich List. He contributed greatly to the movement for economic and political unification of Germany. He was mostly remembered as a promoter of the railroad. He considered the railroad as an essential precondition for Germany's economic unification. Even when he was young, he shared the ideas and values of political and cultural nationalists which can be shown clearly by his reform plans for the German confederation. List was an ideologist of industrialism and industrialization. He was the only thinker who welcomed the Industrial Revolution and its political, social, and cultural consequences. He called for reform and not revolution. He wanted to give the Germans a new life and a sense of purpose. The last major cause that he participated in was the movement for raising the Zollverein tariff to stimulate industrial growth.

Keywords:   Friedrich List, political unification, economic unification, cultural nationalists, German confederation, Industrial Revolution, Zollverein Tariff

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