Helmut Schmidt

Pioneer of International Economic and Financial Cooperation

  • Hartmut Soell

Part of the SpringerBriefs on Pioneers in Science and Practice book series (BRIEFSPIONEER, volume 20)

Also part of the Policymakers book sub series (BRIEFSPOLI, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. On Chancellor Helmut Schmidt

  3. Helmut Schmidt’s Major Texts on International Economic and Financial Cooperation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-28
    2. Helmut Schmidt
      Pages 55-60
  4. Hartmut Soell
    Pages E1-E1
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 159-162

About this book


On the occasion of the 95th birthday of Helmut Schmidt, West German Chancellor 1974–1982, his biographer Hartmut Soell, Professor of History at Heidelberg University and former member of the German Parliament (1980–1994), presents H. Schmidt as a Pioneer of International Economic and Financial Cooperation. Influenced by the catastrophes of the early 20th century (global economic crisis, dictatorship and war), Schmidt entered politics as a trained economist and was one of the most innovative policymakers from the 1960s to the 1980s. As minister of defense, economy and finance and as Chancellor he was able to implement many of his ideas for closer cooperation between Western industrial states on currency issues and energy policy during the 1970s. Together with French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing he launched the G7 summits in 1975 and his proposals for a European currency system (1978–79) paved the way for the European economic and currency union. As editor of Die Zeit, he would later become an influential commentator.


Economic and Financial Cooperation European Integration German Chancellor (1974-1982) Global Economic Interdependence North-South Dialogue

Editors and affiliations

  • Hartmut Soell
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for European Cultural Studies / Department of HistoryUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

Bibliographic information