This paper focusses on nitrogenous fertilisers in Germany and how they were distributed from the First World War into the 1930s. Since the availability of the fertilisers kept changing at a fast pace in the period under discussion here, the focus lies on policies concerning the production of nitrogen and the markets for nitrogenous fertilisers. The paper discusses the impact of the development of a (nearly) entirely new domestic nitrogen industry during the First World War on the market for nitrogenous fertilisers during the war and interwar period, up until the foundation of an international nitrogen cartel in 1930.
About the author
Christine Strotmann (M.A.)
is a PhD-student at the History Department at Humboldt University Berlin (Thesis “Brot oder Bomben? Stickstoffbewirtschaftung im Zeitalter der Weltkriege”; forthcoming, English translation of title: Bread or bombs? Government control of the nitrogen industry in the era of the World Wars). Prior publications include: The Revolutionary Program of the German Empire: The Case of Ireland, in: G. Barry/E. Dal Lago/R. Healy (Eds.), Small Nations and Colonial Peripheries in World War I, Leiden 2016, pp. 19-36.
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