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Pretty much all of Scandinavia industrialised between 1870 and 1914. That's where the big catch-up happened for Germany as well.

And indeed intellectual property laws were, back then, usually purely national, as opposed to the gawds-awful TRIP nonsense that the last WTO round foisted upon us. So tech transfer was much faster and easier for an open economy.

Another point is that the industrial game is simply different today than it was at the previous turn of the century. Except in railroad engineering, the initial capital cost was much lower - well within reach of a handful of business associates with favourable credit records. Today, five lower upper class entrepreneurs couldn't buy a fully modern factory, nevermind staff it long enough to get the first production run finished.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Dec 25th, 2010 at 05:17:06 PM EST
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