THE ZOLLVEREIN IN THE 'FIFTIES, 1854–1859
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The years 1854-59 were a period of economic progress in Germany. "Tall chimneys grew like mushrooms" in her industrial regions.2 Various factors were favourable to economic expansion at this time.
First, the revolutions of 1848-49 were followed by a period of political reaction. The commercial middle classes had little share in governing the country. They turned their energies to economic affairs and endeavoured to recover some of the financial losses they had suffered in the troubled revolutionary years.