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Author Mierzejewski, Alfred C
Title Ludwig Erhard : A Biography
Imprint Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2004
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Note Intro -- Contents -- Illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Notes -- Abbreviations -- 1. Education of an Economist, 1897-1945 -- Notes -- 2. Ludwig Erhard's Ideas -- Notes -- 3. Breakthrough, 1945-1949 -- Notes -- 4. Politics Against Economics, 1949-1953 -- Notes -- 5. The Perils of Prosperity, 1953-1957 -- Notes -- 6. Gliding Downward, 1957-1963 -- Notes -- 7. Disappointment, 1963-1966 -- Notes -- 8. The Unpolitician -- Notes -- Notes -- Abbreviations -- Bibliography -- Index -- A-B -- C-E -- F-H -- I-O -- P-V -- W-Z
In the first English-language biography of one of the most important figures in postwar German history, Alfred C. Mierzejewski examines the life and service of Ludwig Erhard (1897-1977), West Germany's first minister of economics and second chancellor. Erhard liberalized the German economy in 1948 and is generally considered the father of West Germany's "economic miracle"--the period of extraordinary growth in jobs and improvement in the standard of living in the 1950s that helped stabilize Germany's first successful democracy. While recent scholarship has dismissed Erhard's influence on Germany's economic recovery, Mierzejewski returns to little-cited German analyses and Erhard's own record and concludes that Allied currency reform and Erhard's liberalization of the economy were crucial triggers for Germany's unprecedented economic boom. Mierzejewski provides insight into Erhard's policies, his ideas, his character, and his relationships with Konrad Adenauer and Charles de Gaulle. By offering a fresh account of Erhard's career as a leader in postwar West Germany, Mierzejewski provides a deeper understanding of Germany's economy as well as its democracy
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Mierzejewski, Alfred C. Ludwig Erhard : A Biography Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press,c2004 9780807828632
Subject Erhard, Ludwig.;Heads of state -- Germany (West) -- Biography.;Germany (West) -- Politics and government.;Germany (West) -- Economic policy
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