Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät

Germany's position in the European Economy


  • Seminar
  • Tuesday 12-14 SPA1, 21a
  • Prof. N. Wolf
  • Moodle Link
  • Enrollment starts March 26th on a first-come, first-serve basis! Just send an email to j.brandt[a]


This seminar explores Germany’s position in the European Economy from the foundation of the Kaiserreich in 1871 until today. The focus will be on the options, constraints and choices of German economic policy within the European Economy and how they changed over time. Topics include Germany in the Classical Gold Standard, German Foreign Trade in the long-run, German Foreign Investment in Europe, European Integration and German Economic Growth, German Fiscal Policy in the European Mirror, Germany’s Currency after 1945: from DM to Euro.


  • Borchardt, K. (1991), Perspectives on modern German economic history and policy, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
  • Feinstein, C., Temin, P., and Toniolo, G. (1997), The European Economy between the Wars, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
  • Giersch, H., Paque, K.-H., and Schmieding, H. (1992), The Fading Miracle: Four Decades of Market Economy in Germany, Cambridge University Press.
  • Eichengreen, Barry (2008), The European Economy since 1945: Coordinated Capitalism and Beyond, Princeton University Press.

Organizational matters

  • MA: 6 SP, Modul: Economic History
  • Diplom: 2 KP, Wahlpflichtfach Wirtschaftsgeschichte


Seminar paper (70 %), presentation (30 %).

Supplementary material

Overview of topics (pdf)