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Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte / Economic History Yearbook

Ed. by Ziegler, Dieter

CiteScore 2018: 0.06

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2018: 0.115
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2018: 0.203

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Volume 58, Issue 2


Lizenz- und Gestattungsproduktion westdeutscher Unternehmen in der ČSSR und der DDR

Pavel Szobi
Published Online: 2017-12-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jbwg-2017-0017


The article deals with economic relations between the Federal Republic of Germany, German Democratic Republic and Czechoslovakia during the Cold War. Using the example of licensed production, its aim is to illustrate that in spite of ideological boundaries, business relations between West and East flourished in the period of the 1970s and 1980s. The author characterizes institutional conditions for this cooperation, names individual cooperation attempts, and uses the example of the well-known German brand Nivea as a symbol of the West and an example of a successful cooperation. The article reveals the intensive activities of West German companies and their investments in the GDR and Czechoslovakia long before 1989 and shows the potential of analyzing the German-German and the European transformation after 1989 more under the perspective of continuities and discontinuities.

JEL Classification: N 34; N 44; N 64; N 74; N 84; O 14; O 31; O 33; P 33; P 36

Keywords: Tschechoslowakei; Deutsche Demokratische Republik; Lizenzproduktion; Gestattungsproduktion; Kosmetikindustrie; Czechoslovakia; German Democratic Republic; licensed production; authorized production; cosmetics industry; Beiersdorf

About the article

Pavel Szobi

(1983) holds an MA and Ph.D. in History from the Charles University in Prague and works as research associate in the PanEur1970s Project at the European University Institute in Florence. He specializes in history of Czechoslovakia after 1945 and history of Eastern Bloc.

Published Online: 2017-12-15

Published in Print: 2017-11-27

Citation Information: Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte / Economic History Yearbook, Volume 58, Issue 2, Pages 467–487, ISSN (Online) 2196-6842, ISSN (Print) 0075-2800, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jbwg-2017-0017.

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