The Ruhr-Lorraine Industrial Problem, a Study of the Economic Inter-Dependence of the Two Regions and Their Relation to the Reparation Question

The Ruhr-Lorraine Industrial Problem, a Study of the Economic Inter-Dependence of the Two Regions and Their Relation to the Reparation Question

The Ruhr-Lorraine Industrial Problem, a Study of the Economic Inter-Dependence of the Two Regions and Their Relation to the Reparation Question

The Ruhr-Lorraine Industrial Problem, a Study of the Economic Inter-Dependence of the Two Regions and Their Relation to the Reparation Question

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Among the many and varied problems arising out of the war and the peace settlement, none is more intimately related to the future material welfare of the people of Europe than the situation created by the enhanced economic significance of political frontiers. By 1914 the economic organization of Europe and the world had attained a degree of practical internationalism that was hardly suspected until the upheaval of the Great War furnished a spectacular demonstration of the interdependence of nations. In the pre-war period political frontiers had, of course, some economic significance; but the world of industry and commerce was steadily approaching a state of international organization that might, without serious exaggeration, be described as economic unity.

At the end of the war certain political frontiers were changed and a number of new ones were drawn. These changes in themselves, however, might have had economic consequences of only minor importance, provided the same degree of economic internationalism as existed before the war had been maintained. But unfortunately, the extraordinary increase in nationalistic sentiment engendered by . . .

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