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Waging War, Planning PeaceU.S. Noncombat Operations and Major Wars$
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Aaron Rapport

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453588

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453588.001.0001

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The Occupation of Germany

The Occupation of Germany

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(p.47) Chapter 2 The Occupation of Germany
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Waging War, Planning Peace
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Aaron Rapport

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801453588.003.0003

This chapter looks at the United States' occupation of Germany at the end of World War II, which culminated in a democratic West German state that was both an “economic miracle” and a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Professor Carl J. Friedrich, an adviser to occupation forces in Germany, lamented that U.S. policy had produced unnecessary suffering during the occupation and actually hindered the stated goal of democratization. Writing in the same volume as Friedrich, Dale Clark argued that there was essentially no coherent occupation plan when Germany surrendered. The rest of the chapter then traces the creation of U.S. policy regarding noncombat operations in postwar Germany, focusing on the assessments and planning of the Roosevelt administration.

Keywords:   occupation of Germany, World War II, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, U.S. policy, democratization, postwar Germany, Roosevelt administration

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