Book Search:  

 

 
Google full text of our books:

bookjacket

Krupp:
A History of the Legendary German Firm
Harold James

Hardcover | 2012 | $35.00 / £24.95 | ISBN: 9780691153407
368 pp. | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | 38 halftones. 3 line illus. 3 tables. | SHOPPING CART

eBook | ISBN: 9781400841868 |
Our eBook editions are available from these online vendors

Reviews | Table of Contents
Introduction[PDF] pdf-icon

Google full text of this book:
 

The history of Krupp is the history of modern Germany. No company symbolized the best and worst of that history more than the famous steel and arms maker. In this book, Harold James tells the story of the Krupp family and its industrial empire between the early nineteenth century and the present, and analyzes its transition from a family business to one owned by a nonprofit foundation.

Krupp founded a small steel mill in 1811, which established the basis for one of the largest and most important companies in the world by the end of the century. Famously loyal to its highly paid workers, it rejected an exclusive focus on profit, but the company also played a central role in the armament of Nazi Germany and the firm's head was convicted as a war criminal at Nuremberg. Yet after the war Krupp managed to rebuild itself and become a symbol of Germany once again--this time open, economically successful, and socially responsible.

Books on Krupp tend to either denounce it as a diabolical enterprise or celebrate its technical ingenuity. In contrast, James presents a balanced account, showing that the owners felt ambivalent about the company's military connection even while becoming more and more entangled in Germany's aggressive politics during the imperial era and the Third Reich.

By placing the story of Krupp and its owners in a wide context, James also provides new insights into the political, social, and economic history of modern Germany.

Harold James is professor of history and international affairs and the Claude and Lore Kelly Professor of European Studies at Princeton University. His books include The Creation and Destruction of Value, The End of Globalization, and Family Capitalism. He was awarded the 2004 Helmut Schmidt Prize for Economic History, and the 2005 Ludwig Erhard Prize for economics writing. He is also the Marie Curie Visiting Professor at the European University Institute.

Review:

"Krupp is a meticulous company history, enhanced by the author's immersion in the company's archives. The book is also, inevitably, the biography of a family. . . . Krupp rewards a reader's effort. The book shows us not only a family and a company, but also the state in its various forms with which Krupp has been associated for two centuries. The Krupp story remains troubling, but Mr. James has done much to give us a richer understanding of a company saddled with one ignoble chapter in a long history."--Jennifer Siegel, Wall Street Journal

"What is good about Harold James' writing is that he does not make judgments or take sides. He allows the reader to do that."--R. Balashankar, Organiser

"Krupp has provided a reasonable, balanced summary of the company's history and the men driving it. As such the book will be an interesting read for the layperson interested in business history in general and the disputed history of Krupp in particular."--Armin Grünbacher, Economic History Review

"Harold James has succeeded in writing a concise account of one of the pivotal protagonists of German economic history. His book is accessible to a wide public while meeting academic standards and will surely become a point of reference for anyone interested in the history of Krupp."--Christof Dejung, German Historical Institute London

"A significant merit of Harold James' book on Krupp is that he melts the firm's history down into a readable approach. For someone acquainted with the history of the company, the study does not offer many new insights, but the work is solid and the author's judgments and evaluations are in most cases well founded. . . . James has written an interesting book, the first overall view of Krupp's history that meets scholarly standards."--Roman Koster, German History

More reviews

Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction: A Nation and a Name 1
CHAPTER ONE: Risk: Friedrich Krupp 9
CHAPTER TWO: Steel: Alfred Krupp 24
CHAPTER THREE: Science: Friedrich Alfred Krupp 89
CHAPTER FOUR: Diplomacy: Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach I 123
CHAPTER FIVE: Tradition: Gustav Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach II 145
CHAPTER SIX: Power and Deglobalization: Gustav and Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach 172
CHAPTER SEVEN: Reglobalization: Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach and Berthold Beitz 226
Appendix 1: Family Tree 295
Appendix 2: Business Results, 1811-2010 297
Notes 305
List of Illustrations 337
Index 341

Another Princeton book authored or coauthored by Harold James:

Subject Areas:

Shopping Cart:

  • For ebooks:

Our eBook editions are available
from these online vendors:

  • Amazon Kindle Store
  • Apple iBooks
  • Barnes & Noble Nook Store
  • Google Play eBook Store
  • Kno eBook Store
  • Kobo eBook Store
  • Many of our ebooks are available through
    library electronic resources including these platforms:

  • Books at JSTOR
  • Ebrary
  • Ebook Library
  • EBSCO Ebooks
  • MyiLibrary
  • Dawsonera (UK)

  • Shopping Cart:

    • For hardcover/paperback orders:

      For hardcover/paperback orders in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Australia

      Hardcover: $35.00 ISBN: 9780691153407

      For hardcover/paperback orders in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and India

      Hardcover: £24.95 ISBN: 9780691153407

      Prices subject to change without notice

      File created: 4/17/2014

    Questions and comments to: webmaster@press.princeton.edu
    Princeton University Press

    New Book E-mails
    New In Print
    PUP Blog
    Videos/Audios
    Princeton APPS
    Sample Chapters
    Subjects
    Series
    Catalogs
    Textbooks
    For Reviewers
    Class Use
    Rights
    Permissions
    Ordering
    Recent Awards
    Princeton Shorts
    Freshman Reading
    PUP Europe
    About Us
    Contact Us
    Links
    F.A.Q.
    PUP Home


    Bookmark and Share
    Send me emails
    about new books in:
    Economics
    European History
    More Choices
    Email:
    Country:
    Name: