West German industrialists and the making of the economic miracle: a history of mentality and recovery

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West German Industrialists and the Making of the Economic Miracle investigates the mentality of post-war German (heavy) industrialists through an analysis of their attitudes, thinking and views on social, political and, of course, economic matters at the time, including the 'social market economy' and how they saw their own role in society, with this investigation taking place against the backdrop of the 'economic miracle' and the Cold War of the 1950s and 60s. The book also includes an assessment of whether the self-declared, new 'aristocracy of merit' justified its place in society and carried out its actions in a new spirit of political responsibility. This is an important text for all students interested in the history of Germany and the modern economic history of Europe.

Bibliographic note

Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic


Original languageEnglish
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Number of pages224
ISBN (Electronic)9781472513281, 9781472511287
ISBN (Print)9781472510501, 9781472965370
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2017


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