The Tragic End

  • Eugen Wendler
Part of the The European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences book series (EHES, volume 16)


Not only did Friedrich List suffer from the frustration of his second journey to London, the alleged rebuff by the Prussian King and the offensive plagiarism accusations, he and his family were hit hard by a further twist of fate. List’s daughter Elise married the wealthy Austrian industrialist Gustav Moriz Pacher v. Theinburg on March 27, 1845. Their first child, Leontine Meta, was born 11 months later, on February 25, 1846 but lived only 4 days. “They say, due to a mistake made by the ‘white woman’—possibly a forceps delivery—the child was fatally wounded.” For the young mother, who wished nothing more than to have a child, this was a hard blow, as it was for the entire List family. This and other demoralizing incidents culminated in List’s final journey and his tragic suicide (Fig. 7.1).


List Society Forceps Delivery Nearby Forest Tragic Death Petty Bourgeoisie 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eugen Wendler
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  1. 1.Hochschule ReutlingenReutlingenGermany

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