The French War Reparations and the German Post-War Boom 1871-1873

30 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2011 Last revised: 21 Feb 2011

Date Written: June 29, 1999


Economic and historic literature is divided on the impact of the war reparations France had to pay to Germany after 1871. In view of the crisis that hit the German economy and stock markets just a few years later some claim that the reparations were a "poisoned" gift that Germany should not have pursued. Based on a sketch of the historical events and their echo in the literature this paper applies various theories on the impact of monetary transfers between different economies on the case of the French war reparations. It concludes that observable negative impacts can indeed be traced back to the use Germany made of the reparations, but not on the transfer as such.

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Keywords: war reparations, transfer theory

JEL Classification: N13, N43

Suggested Citation

Buhr, Carl-Christian, The French War Reparations and the German Post-War Boom 1871-1873 (June 29, 1999). Available at SSRN: or

Carl-Christian Buhr (Contact Author)

FernUniversität in Hagen ( email )

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Hagen, 58084

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