Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften

Neuerscheinung: Hartmut Kaelble, The Rich and the Poor

The Rich and the Poor in modern Europe, 1890-2020

A Historian’s Response to Recent Debates among Economists

Berghahn Books
New York Oxford 2023
ISBN 978-1-80073-962-8

As social inequality grows, historical analysis on wealth and income distribution across the 20th century often does not take into account inequality of education, health, housing and chances of social mobility, nor does it differentiate statistical inequality from the realities of peoples’ actualexperience. With this broad understanding in mind, in a long look back on the history of social inequality in Europe, The Rich and the Poor in Modern Europe addresses these neglected subjects. It also tackles the commonplace notion that modern capitalism inevitably produces wealth gaps and asks whether the facts and figures we possess also lead to alternate interpretations of examples of mitigated inequality. Covering the 20th century and the beginnings of the 21st century in Europe through wars, and economic crises, through periods of unprecedented economic prosperity and staggering economies, both exacerbating and dampening the problem, acclaimed historian Hartmut Kaelble offers a rigorous response to understanding our present-day challenge of social inequality.