cover of book
 

From Disarmament to Rearmament: The Reversal of US Policy toward West Germany, 1946–1955
by Sheldon A. Goldberg and Sheldon A. Goldberg
foreword by Ingo Trauschweizer
Ohio University Press, 2017
eISBN: 978-0-8214-4622-5 | Cloth: 978-0-8214-2300-4
Library of Congress Classification DD257.4G65 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 355.03109730943

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | TOC
ABOUT THIS BOOK

At the end of World War II, the Allies were unanimous in their determination to disarm the former aggressor Germany. As the Cold War intensified, however, the decision whether to reverse that policy and to rearm West Germany as a bulwark against the Soviet threat led to disagreements both within the U.S. government and among members of the nascent NATO alliance. The U.S. military took the practical view that a substantial number of German troops would be required to deter any potential Soviet assault. The State Department, on the other hand, initially advocated an alternative strategy of strengthening European institutions but eventually came around to the military’s position that an armed West Germany was preferable to a weak state on the dividing line between the Western democracies and the Soviet satellite states.

Sheldon A. Goldberg traces the military, diplomatic, and political threads of postwar policy toward West Germany and provides insights into the inner workings of alliance building and the roles of bureaucrats and military officers as well as those of diplomats and statesmen. He draws on previously unexamined primary sources to construct a cogent account of the political and diplomatic negotiations that led to West Germany’s accession to NATO and the shaping of European order for the next forty years.


See other books on: 1945-1955 | Germany (West) | Militarism | Military policy | Peace
See other titles from Ohio University Press

Reference metadata exposed for Zotero via unAPI.