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From Empire to Republic

Peter Berger
Günter Bischof
Fritz Plasser

III. Habsburg Successor States: Economic Legacies

Under Pressure to Adapt: Corporate Business and the New Order in Post-1918 Central Europe

Andreas Resch

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Comparative studies on economic development between the two world wars reveal that Central and Eastern European national economies achieved quite impressive growth rates but “fell short of their potential.”1 The aim of this paper is to illustrate the difficulties and opportunities for big banks and industrial firms in Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary during the first decade after the Great War. In the aftermath of World War I corporate business in Central and Eastern Europe had to adapt to manifold economic and political challenges. Section 1 briefly recapitulates some immediate economic consequences of the war; in two subsequent chapters, developments of selected banks and industry firms are portrayed, and Section 4 concludes.

1. The Immediate Economic and Political Consequences of World War I for Corporate Business in Central and Eastern Europe

The central powers had not ended the Great War in 1918 until they were forced to capitulate due to a complete depletion of all kinds of ...

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