Ruhr Museum

Structures

The picture of the Ruhr area is affected by fundamental economic, political and social structures which are not immediately noticeable. These consist of political and administrative configurations, geographical subdivisions and a number of different functional classifications.

Furthermore, there is a range of current statistics on things like manufacturing output, the number of workers, religious and political affiliations, educational trends and preferences and demographic developments. Such analytic insights can be understood most effectively on a geographic level, but above all in the lines of development which throw light on how the past has shaped the present in the Ruhr area.

While recent findings often refute the myths and clichés about the Ruhr area, the historical data also explains how these ideas came into being in the first place.