Sunday, October 05, 2008

Not your grandmother's depression, but your GREAT grandmother's.

posted by The Vidiot @ 10:29 AM Permalink

This article, (that oddly enough I found on Bartcop of all places), discusses the depression of 1873.
But the economic fundamentals were shaky. Wheat exporters from Russia and Central Europe faced a new international competitor who drastically undersold them. The 19th-century version of containers manufactured in China and bound for Wal-Mart consisted of produce from farmers in the American Midwest. They used grain elevators, conveyer belts, and massive steam ships to export trainloads of wheat to abroad. Britain, the biggest importer of wheat, shifted to the cheap stuff quite suddenly around 1871. By 1872 kerosene and manufactured food were rocketing out of America's heartland, undermining rapeseed, flour, and beef prices. The crash came in Central Europe in May 1873, as it became clear that the region's assumptions about continual economic growth were too optimistic. Europeans faced what they came to call the American Commercial Invasion. A new industrial superpower had arrived, one whose low costs threatened European trade and a European way of life.
It's really a fascinating article. Worth the read.

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At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Skeeve said...

He may live in a treehouse and guzzle tequila, but he's still smarter than most Okies. :)


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