Germany has come a long way since the devastating economic and political consequences of World War I and the Versailles Treaty. Since the inception of the European Union, then called the European Coal and Steel Community, Germany has been on a peculiar upward trajectory, in terms of industry, finance, governance, and economics the world over.
Our project aims to chart Germany’s prolific growth and investigate its rise as a powerhouse in the European Union, mainly concerning highly intertwined economic and political influence. We plan to detail Germany’s rising industrial output and the various policies that have accelerated Germany’s growth to what it is today. We will provide historical background to Germany’s rise, but focus primarily on the post-Cold War period. We will dissect and investigate the major policies that have proved critical to Germany’s improvements. Our project will culminate in a model that analyzes Germany’s phenomenal economic rise and the policies behind it that we can apply to other countries’ situations.
Pradeep Swar, ’14
Major: Economics and Business
Tiffany Monreal, ’13
Majors: Economics and Business, International Relations
Sponsor: Todd Knoop