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A Reappraisal of Germany's Vietnam Policy, 1963-1966: Ludwig Erhard's Response to America's War in Vietnam

Eugenie M. Blang
German Studies Review
Vol. 27, No. 2 (May, 2004), pp. 341-360
DOI: 10.2307/1433086
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1433086
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A Reappraisal of Germany's Vietnam Policy, 1963-1966: Ludwig Erhard's Response to America's War in Vietnam
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Abstract

America's Vietnam War hastened the political demise of Chancellor Ludwig Erhard in 1966. The U.S. request for German financial and military support, along with Erhard's unwavering support of Lyndon Johnson, weakened the chancellor domestically and led to tension with France's Charles de Gaulle. The main casualty was Erhard's effort to encourage Allied initiatives toward German unification. Erhard's failure to reconcile his own agenda with the national interests of the U.S. and French governments helped move West Germany toward a more flexible foreign policy under Willy Brandt.

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