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Introduction Part I. Becoming a Global Corporation - BASF from 1865 to 1900 Wolfgang von Hippel: 1. The prehistory 2. The early years (1865-1873) 3. Between science and the marketplace - BASF in the 'Dyestuffs Age', 1973-1900 Part II. The Power of Synthesis (1900-1925) Jeffrey Allen Johnson: 1. A company in transition 2. From Dreibund to von Brunck's death (1904-1911) 3. From Oppau to Leuna: synthetic ammonia and war (1912-1918) 4. From crisis to fusion (1919-1925) Part III. From the I. G. Farben Fusion to the Establishment of BASF AG (1925-1952) Raymond G. Stokes: 1. Introduction 2. Fitting into the new concern, 1925-1929 3. Coping with the crisis, 1929-1933 4. Accommodation and conflict, 1933-1936 5. Autarky and the preparation for war, 1936-1939 6. The Upper Rhine group in German-dominated Europe, 1939-1942 7. The BASF group in total war, 1942-1945 8. From occupation to refounding, 1945-1952 Part IV. BASF Since its Refounding in 1952 Werner Abelshauser: 1. The past has a future: launching BASF anew 2. Corporate culture: tradition as a resource? 3. Old markets, new basis: early breakthrough to petrochemistry 4. Tradition and distance: the second break-up of I. G. Farben 5. The way to the top: strategic decisions 6. One, two, many 'Ludwigshafens': the integrated production system and the siting issue 7. Learning from the United States? From joint venture to Verbund 8. Crisis and consolidation 9. No weary shop of raw materials: forward integration and acquisition 10. Upheaval and persistence.