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Philip Wilhelm von Hörnigk, "Austria over all, if she only wills it" (1684)

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[The rest of Hörnigk’s remarks do not lend themselves to extracts; we will say here only that the first and chief step advocated by him is an absolute prohibition on the importation of all manufactured woolens, linen goods, silks, and all other commodities known as “French manufactures.” The money saved on these imports, estimated by Hörnigk at ten million gulden yearly, is to be spent on establishing local manufactures. It is also interesting that he recommends that the guild system should, at least at first, not be allowed “in the manufactures which are not yet established in the dominions, but are still to be introduced.”]

Source of English translation: C.A. Macartney, ed., The Habsburg and Hohenzollern Dynasties in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, in Documentary History of Western Civilization. New York, Evanston, and London: Harper & Row, 1970, pp. 70-78. Introduction, editorial notes, chronology, translations by the editor; and compilation copyright © 1970 by C.A. Macartney. Used by permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

Source of original German text: Philipp Wilhelm von Hörnigk, Österreich über Alles, wenn es nur will [Austria over all, if she only wills it]. Vienna: Bergland Verlag, 1964.

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