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The Problem of Upper Silesia and the Reconstruction of Europe's Economics

Excerpt from The Problem of Upper Silesia and the Reconstruction of Europe's Economics The vast importance of Upper Silesia for the world's economics as well I as for the reconstruction of Europe is being recognized more and more 1 by experts of all countries. In pre-war times when Upper Silesia's belonging to Germany economically, was undisputed also outside Germany, none but the experts of certain economical branches were aware of the greatness and abundance of the easily accesible treasures of those regions. The coal output of Upper Silesia forms an important item in the economics of the world: it averaged before (he war 46 million tons per annum i. e. the fourth part of the output of Germany and double the amount Russia and Belgium produced and with exception of the great coal-producing countries England and America it is only equalled by France. It must also be remembered that the output can easily be considerably increased, for the supplies of coal in Upper Silesia are among the greatest in the world. The mines are easily worked, the quality of the coal is good. Of all Europe Upper Silesia has also the most considerable Zinc production, yearly a fifth of the Zinc production of the whole world comes from Upper Silesia. This district is also of no less importance for the production of iron and lead and for manufacturing with these metals. In 1913 the gross produce of the Upper Silesian coal mines and iron foundries was estimated at 940 million marks. It is evident that a district offering such economic advantages is of greatest importance for the reconstruction of Europe, whose changed state has been occasioned by the war. This could not possibly be recognized when peace was concluded at Versailles the separate requirements for the reconstruction of Europe not being apparent then. Europe is now placed face to face with a complication of economic problems in the solution of which Upper Silesia will have to play a more or less considerable part. After carefully investigating all points the German government despatched several notes to the Supreme Council declaring Germany's inability to pay her reparation debts, should she be deprived of Upper Silesia and stating that this event would also certainly cause her economic ruin. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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