My da|ra Login

Detailed view

metadata language: German English

The Use of Automobiles in Germany till 1939.

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Flik, Reiner
Publication Date
  • ZA:
    • Historical Studies Data
  • Abstract

    The study’s subject is the number and use of motor vehicles in the German Empire from 1907 to - 1939. In a summary table, the information of the German Reich’s official statistics on the use of cars in the German Reich is presented. The information is differentiated into motorcycles, passenger cars and their use, listed by authorities, public transit, ambulances and commercial, professional, and other purposes (agriculture and forestry, trade or other business, other professions, entertainment and sports). Until 1914 the registration of a motor vehicle in Germany included the information of the vehicles type of use. The German tax law privileged the commercial use of vehicles. Therefore, most of the driver assigned the commercial use as the main reason for the use of the vehicle. The resumption of the car registration statistics after the I. World War the differentiation of the car’s usage was disposed because of its detected disutility. The investigator therefore draws mainly on the sources and literature about the cultural history and diffusion of motor vehicles. Initial point is the thesis, that motor vehicles in possession of private households at the beginning of the automobile age were used exclusively as consumer good. After being fully developed and after the offer of the needed infrastructure for their usage, they become more and more a commercial used means of production. Three stages of motorization are distinguished: motorization of the upper class, motorization of businessmen and manufacturer, and mass motorization. Topics: Datatables in the search- and downloadsystem HISTAT (subject: communication and transport): Annotation: HISTAT is offered in German. A.01 Use of Passenger Vehicles (including Omnibuses) in the German Reich (1907-1938) A.02 Density of motor vehicles in Germany by Regions (1914-1938)
Temporal Coverage
  • 1907 / 1939
Geographic Coverage
  • German Reich (1871-1945) (DXDE)
Collection Mode
  • Sources: Statistisches Reichsamt (Hrsg.): Vierteljahreshefte zur Statistik des Deutschen Reichs, Jg. 23 (1914) und Jge. 30(1921) – 48 (1939.
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Text Unit
    Number of Units: 31
    Number of Variables: 40
A - Data and documents are released for academic research and teaching.
All metadata from GESIS DBK are available free of restriction under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. However, GESIS requests that you actively acknowledge and give attribution to all metadata sources, such as the data providers and any data aggregators, including GESIS. For further information see
Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA8425 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Flik, Reiner, 2004: Nutzung von Kraftfahrzeugen bis 1939- Konsum- oder Investitionsgut?, in: Walter, R. (Hrsg.), 2005: Geschichte des Konsums. Erträge der 20. Arbeitstagung der Gesellschaft für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte 23.-26. April 2003 in Greifswald. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, S. 249-274

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 84 | Registration Date: 2011-03-14

Flik, Reiner (2011): Nutzung von Kraftfahrzeugen in Deutschland bis 1939.. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.