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Blockseminar The German Banking System in Historical Perspective (Bachelor)


Seminar paper topics and references: List of seminar topics.


  • Introductory session: Thursday, 8 September 2016, 17:15-18:45, room: L7, 3-5 S 031.
  • Paper deadline: You have to submit your final seminar paper until 6 November 2016 by e-mail.
  • Blockseminar (1st session): Friday, 11 November 2016, 08:30-18:45, room: L7, 3-5 P 044 (morning) / P 043 (afternoon).
  • Blockseminar (2nd session): Saturday, 12 November 2016, 09:00-17:00, Raum: L7, 3-5 P 043.


  • 6 ECTS credits.
  • Seminar paper (at least 10 pages) (70%) and presentation (about 20 min.) (30%).
  • You have to attend both block sessions to pass the seminar.

Prerequisites: No special prerequisites.

Course language: English.

Course description:

In this seminar, we focus on the emergence of the modern German banking system in the 19th century and its transformation during the 20th century. We discuss a wide range of topics related to banking in Germany. These topics include, for example, the debate to what extend universal banks fostered the expansion of modern enterprises in the late 19th century, the role of savings banks and credit cooperatives, banking crisis and bank failures, interlocking directorates between banks and industry as well as bank mergers.


Dr. Alexander Donges; phone: 0621-181-3428; e-mail:; office: L7, 3-5, room S10.