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The influence of the German protestant work ethic on the formation of the Silesian work ethos
The influence of the German protestant work ethic on the formation of the Silesian work ethos

Author(s): Urszula Swadźba
Subject(s): History
Published by: Spoločenskovedný ústav SAV, Slovenská akadémia vied
Keywords: Silesia; Ethos of work; German; Influence

Summary/Abstract: The most important factor in theorising of the Silesian work ethos was the German Protestant work ethic. The article will firstly present a socio-economic situation in Upper Silesia in the second half of the nineteenth century. The development of industry and the influx of German population and its role in the industrial development of Silesia, which resulted in the transfer of both German work pattern sand their accompanying values into Silesia. The article ends with a conclusion stating that the impact of the German Protestant work ethic led to the creation and consolidation of such characteristics of the population of Silesia as diligence, conscientiousness, work discipline, obedience, order and thriftiness. This influence continued even after Poland regained a large part of the Upper Silesia.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 33-41
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: English