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Landownership in Eastern Germany Before the Great War: A Quantitative Analysis

Scott M. Eddie


The big landlords of eastern Germany have loomed large in Germany's history, but the absence of official statistics on land ownership has left their position and identity confined mostly to folklore, without satisfactory quantification. This book, making extensive use of primary sources from the seven ‘core provinces’ of eastern Germany (East Elbia), establishes answers to questions pivotal to our understanding of pre-war Germany: who were the biggest land owners, both by area and by the value of their land? Which social groups held land, how much, and where? How did this change, especially du ... More

Keywords: East Elbia, eastern Germany, pre-war, nobility, bourgeoisie, rural industry, knight's estates, land endowment, land tax, favouritism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780198201663
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201663.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott M. Eddie, author
Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Toronto
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