The German Chemical Industry in the Twentieth Century

  • John E. Lesch

Part of the Chemists and Chemistry book series (CACH, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. John E. Lesch
      Pages 1-5
  3. I.G. Farben revisited: Industry and ideology ten years later

  4. Research and technological innovation

  5. International connections and comparative perspectives

  6. The industry since 1945

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 451-474

About this book


In the twentieth century, dyes, pharmaceuticals, photographic products, explosives, insecticides, fertilizers, synthetic rubber, fuels, and fibers, plastics, and other products have flowed out of the chemical industry and into the consumer economies, war machines, farms, and medical practices of industrial societies. The German chemical industry has been a major site for the development and application of the science-based technologies that gave rise to these products, and has had an important role as exemplar, stimulus, and competitor in the international chemical industry.
This volume explores the German chemical industry's scientific and technological dimension, its international connections, and its development after 1945. The authors relate scientific and technological change in the industry to evolving German political and economic circumstances, including two world wars, the rise and fall of National Socialism, the post-war division of Germany, and the emergence of a global economy. This book will be of interest to historians of modern Germany, to historians of science and technology, and to business and economic historians.


Chemical Industry Fisch Germany chemicals organization

Editors and affiliations

  • John E. Lesch
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BerkeleyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5529-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9377-9
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