Alfred Mierzejewski | Department of History

Alfred Mierzejewski

Professor
Office: 
WH 236
Highlights: 
Modern German Economic and Business History, Nazi Germany, Federal Republic of Germany, Ludwig Erhard, The Welfare State

I am interested in Modern Germany, particularly its economic and political development. I offer classes in German history from the Reformation to the present, including one that focusses on the Nazi period. I also teach courses on European history since 1914 with emphasis on political diplomatic, economic and military developments. I have published books and articles on the German economy during World War II, the German National Railway, the creation of the social market economy in West Germany after World War II and the German pension system, the first program of its kind in the world. I am currently concentrating my research on the development of the German welfare state, especially its largest program, old age and disability pensions.

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PUBLICATIONS:

A History of the German Public Pension System: Continuity Amid Change. Lanham,
MD: Lexington Books, 2016.

Ludwig Erhard. Wegbereiter der Sozialen Marktwirtschaft. Eine Biographie. Munich: Siedler, 2005. Paperback edition, September 2006. Translation of Ludwig Erhard. A Biography.

Hitler's Trains: The German National Railway & the Third Reich. Stroud, UK: Tempus, 2005. Revised version of The Most Valuable Asset of the Reich. A History of the German National Railway, Vol. II, 1933-1945 for the British market.

Ludwig Erhard. A Biography. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

The Most Valuable Asset of the Reich. A History of the German National Railway, Vol. II, 1933-1945, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000. Paperback edition 2014.

The Most Valuable Asset of the Reich. A History of the German National Railway, Vol. I, 1920-1933, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999. Paperback edition 2014.

Bomben auf der Reichsbahn. Der Zusammenbruch der deutschen Kriegswirtschaft, Freiburg-im-Breisgau: Eisenbahn-Kurier, 1993. Translation of The Collapse of the German War Economy 1944-1945.

The Collapse of the German War Economy 1944-1945. Allied Air Power and the German National Railway, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1988, second printing, 1995.

"Robert Ley's Dream of a Racist Utopia: The Welfare Program of the German People," The Historian, 79/4(Winter, 2017): 752-776.

"Taking from the Weak, giving to the Strong: The Jews and the German Statutory Pension System, 1933-1945," Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 31/2(September 2017): 193-214.

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