Abstract

This essay reflects on the history of German monetary nationalism by examining texts written by two Romantic thinkers, Fichte's Der geschlossene Handelsstaat (1800) and Müller's Versuche einer neuen Theorie des Geldes (1816), that articulate theories of German nationhood based on the community-building power of monetary symbols. It argues that these theories of economic union preceded Romantic conceptions of German nationhood grounded in ethno-linguistic or racial criteria, and that in this respect these Romantic ideas anticipate the economic unification of Germany that has characterized its history since 1945.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-315X
Print ISSN
0013-2586
Pages
pp. 535-557
Launched on MUSE
2003-06-23
Open Access
No
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