Ludwig Erhard

Ludwig Erhard (lŏŏt´vĬkh ĕr´härt), 1897–1977, German political leader and economist. In Nuremberg he rose to be director of the institute for economic research. Dismissed (1942) by the Nazi regime, he then headed the institute for industrial research. He introduced (1948) the currency reform that paved the way for West German economic recovery. A member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), he became West German economics minister in 1949. In 1957 he was named vice chancellor, and in 1963 he succeeded Konrad Adenauer as chancellor. In late 1966, Erhard's government fell after the four Free Democratic party ministers in his cabinet resigned and left him without a ruling majority in the federal parliament. He headed the CDU in 1966–67. His writings include Prosperity through Competition (1957, tr. 1958).

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Ludwig Erhard: Selected full-text books and articles

The Economics of Success By Ludwig Erhard Van Nostrand, 1963
Politics and Government in Germany, 1944-1994: Basic Documents By Carl-Christoph Schweitzer; Detlev Karsten; Robert Spencer; Donald Kommers; Anthony Nicholls Berghahn Books, 1995
Librarian’s tip: "Ludwig Erhard on the Social Market, Economy, 22 August 1948" begins on p. 15 and "Ludwig Erhard (1963-66)" begins on p. 246
The Impact of Nazism: New Perspectives on the Third Reich and Its Legacy By Alan E. Steinweis; Daniel E. Rogers University of Nebraska Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 12 "America as Model? U. S. Antitrust Policy and Ludwig Erhard's Struggle against Cartels in West Germany"
Germany's Cold War: The Global Campaign to Isolate East Germany, 1949-1969 By William Glenn Gray University of North Carolina Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: "Unification Hysteria and Erhard's Political Demise" begins on p. 191
Reinventing Germany: German Political Development since 1945 By Anthony Glees Berg Publishers Ltd., 1996
Librarian’s tip: "Erhard as Chancellor" begins on p. 140
Fifty Years of the Deutsche Mark: Central Bank and the Currency in Germany since 1948 By Ernst Baltensperger; Deutsche Bundesbank Oxford University, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Ludwig Erhard begins on p. 333
The Big Change in Europe By Blair Bolles Norton, 1958
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Ludwig Erhard begins on p. 146
German Politics, 1945-1995 By Peter Pulzer Oxford University Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Ludwig Erhard begins on p. 71
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