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Promotion of high-quality textiles by prize competitions during the Enlightenment in Saxony. From raw material to finished product manufacturing

  • Seiji Horii

Preisaufgabe, or «prize competitions» were implemented in Saxony in 1764 to promote industry after the Seven Years’ War. We investigated the purpose of them and by whom, by analysing primary historical texts to uncover four criteria: (1) the best quality prototypes; (2) equivalent quality to foreign products; (3) establishment of training facilities, and (4) manufacture of new products. The competitions promoted high-quality products and disseminated knowledge. Numerous prototypes were submitted and prizes awarded. Most participants were already engaged in textile or related industries and the strategy relied on this intellectual foundation. Assessment of Saxony’s situation and enlightenment principles informed the competitions.

  • Keywords:
  • prize competitions (Preisaufgabe),
  • textual analysis,
  • knowledge diffusion,
  • textile industry,
  • enlightenment,
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Seiji Horii

Chuo Gakuin University, Japan

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Chapter Title

Promotion of high-quality textiles by prize competitions during the Enlightenment in Saxony. From raw material to finished product manufacturing

Authors

Seiji Horii

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English

DOI

10.36253/979-12-215-0092-9.07

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2023

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L’economia della conoscenza: innovazione, produttività e crescita economica nei secoli XIII-XVIII / The knowledge economy: innovation, productivity and economic growth, 13th to 18th century

Editors

Giampiero Nigro

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456

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2023

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Firenze University Press

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10.36253/979-12-215-0092-9

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979-12-215-0091-2

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Datini Studies in Economic History

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2975-1241

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2975-1195

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