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The Making of the German Post-War Economy
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Introduction Part I: Conception and Communication Chapter 1: Academic Concepts between Neo-Liberalism and Neo-Socialism 1.1. The Freiburg Circles and Neo-Liberalism 1.2. The Freiburg School and Ordo-Liberalism 1.3. The Cologne School and Social Market Economics Chapter 2: Political Considerations between Programmatic Intention and Pragmatic Imperative 2.1. The Social Democratic Party and Liberal Socialism 2.2. The Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union and Social Liberalism Part II: Politics and Public Opinion Chapter 3: 1945/1946 - Stupor and Search for Direction Chapter 4: 1947 - Disillusion and Disappointment Chapter 5: 1948 - Aspiration and Apprehension Chapter 6: 1949 - Contentment and Confidence Conclusion

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The economic regeneration and post-war reconstruction of West Germany is one of the remarkable success stories of the 20th century. In this title, the author explores the events and individuals of this period, tracing the development of economic and socio-political ideas and their gradual absorption by mainstream politicians.

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Christian L. Glossner is Teaching Fellow and Assistant Lecturer in Political Economy and European History at the University of Oxford. He previously held a Europaeum Research Fellowship at the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales (HEI) in Geneva and worked for the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN) of the European Commission in Brussels. He is a graduate from the Universite de Fribourg as well as the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and received his D.Phil. on economic theory and political history from the University of Oxford.

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'Christian Glossner analyses convincingly how West Germany came to adopt an economic recovery programme leading to the 'economic miracle' of the 1950s. He traces the struggle of ideas and concepts between economic theoreticians and politicians in an exemplary way. Glossner's work shows how a country suffering heavily from the destructions of the war was able to opt for the successful 'Social Market Economy'. This is a groundbreaking contribution to the understanding of the wider post-war European recovery which laid the foundation for political stability on the continent.' Hartmut Pogge von Strandmann, Professor of History, University College, University of Oxford [This book] is a significant contribution to the existing literature on the Social Market Economy.' Keith Tribe, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Department of History, University of Sussex 'The book's strength is its extensive use of German public and private archival papers and contemporary published periodicals, to examine how various economic models were articulated by the CDU/CSU, SPD and KPD and their presentation to the wider German public. It highlights the importance and effectiveness of the political campaign that led the Soziale Marktwirtschaft to be adopted as a winning political programme.' Patricia Clavin, Fellow and Tutor in History, Jesus College, University of Oxford

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