Saturday, February 14, 2015

"Introductions" to the "Selected Writings of Ludwig von Mises"

Richard Ebeling emails:
Dear Bob,
Liberty Fund has posted online as one continuous readable text the three introductions I prepared for the three volumes of the "Selected Writings of Ludwig von Mises," primarily based on the "lost papers" of Ludwig von Mises that my wife, Anna, and I discovered in a formerly secret KGB archive in Moscow, Russia.
Combined, I believe that these three introductions offer a readable and fairly comprehensive overview of the life, writings, and historical context of Mises' theoretical writings and practical activities as the economic policy analyst he worked as at the Vienna Chamber of Commerce in the years before and between the two World Wars.
As I suggest in the forward to volume 1, if you ever wondered, "But how do you apply Austrian Economics to the 'real world,'?" here is the answer. Here is Ludwig von Mises -- the leading Austrian Economist of the 20th century -- applying his ideas to the monetary, fiscal, and interventionist problems that confronted Austria-Hungary before and during the First World War and then in the new Republic of Austria in the 1920s and 1930s, between the two World Wars; and Mises' detailed practical suggestions for restoring freedom, peace, and prosperity in Europe following the end of the Second World War.

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