Freedom Through the Weak States? State Fragmentation in the Holy Roman Empire

Author(s): Julius Koschnick

Type: Written pitch

Department: Department of Economic History

Exhibit no: 77

How does state fragmentation effect development? Can small territories with weak states enhance economic freedom in repressive political systems? By going back into history and investigating the effect of state fragmentation in the Holy Roman Empire in the 18th century, history will help to shed light on this question.