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GIs in Germany
The Social, Economic, Cultural, and Political History of the American Military Presence

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Thomas W. Maulucci, Jr, Hans-Jaochim Harder, Bruno Thosse, Dennis Showalter, Hubert Zimmerman, Thomas Leuerer, Theodor Scharnholz, Donna Alvah, Gerhard Fürmetz, Jennifer V. Evans, Klaus Naumann, Wolfgang Schmidt, Alexander Vazansky, Howard J. De Nike, Anni Baker, Lou Martin, Dewey Browder
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  • Date Published: September 2013
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521851336

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  • The fifteen essays in this volume offer a comprehensive look at the role of American military forces in Germany. The American military forces in the Federal Republic of Germany after WWII played an important role not just in the NATO military alliance but also in German-American relations as a whole. Around twenty-two-million U.S. servicemen and their dependents have been stationed in Germany since WWII, and their presence has contributed to one of the few successful American attempts at democratic nation building in the twentieth century. In the social and cultural realm the GIs helped to Americanize Germany, and their own German experiences influenced the U.S. civil rights movement and soldier radicalism. The U.S. military presence also served as a bellwether for overall relations between the two countries.

    • Presents the first comprehensive history of the United States' military presence in Germany in twenty-five years
    • Describes one of the most important international relationships of the last seventy-five years
    • Includes fifteen contributions by leading scholars
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    “This book marks a great leap forward in our knowledge of a vast and important subject that is still missing from most history books on the Cold War. As someone who has worked in this area, off and on, for some thirty years I can assure you that this volume makes a most welcome contribution to a whole range of political, cultural, social, and, above all, military aspects of U.S. forces stationed in Germany since 1945.” – Wolfgang Krieger, Professor of Modern History at Marburg University, Germany

    “Some 22 million American soldiers and their dependents spent a significant period of time in Germany during the Cold War era and after, a development that no one could have imagined at the end of World War II. This superb collection of essays addresses this history, examining the policies behind the deployment; the interaction between American GIs and German communities; the benefits, problems, and tensions this presence created; and the challenging years of the 1970s and 1980s, when the post-Vietnam American army was in transition and the German peace movement challenged the Cold War order. Provocative and informative in their own right, these essays should also stimulate even more questions and research on this little understood aspect of postwar American-German relations.” –Thomas Schwartz, Vanderbilt University

    “A significant contribution to the historiography on U.S.-German relations during the Cold War, GIs in Germany broadens the transnational dialogue on a crucial point of intersection in the histories of the Federal Republic and the United States. It is a welcome addition to a new wave of scholarship on the wide-ranging repercussions of the global American military presence since World War II.” –Martin Klimke, Associate Professor of History, New York University Abu Dhabi

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    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521851336
    • length: 378 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Thomas W. Maulucci, Jr
    Part I. Strategy and Politics:
    1. Guarantors of peace and freedom: the US forces in Germany, 1945–90 Hans-Joachim Harder
    2. Deterrence and defense: the stationing of US troops in Germany and the implementation of forward strategy in Europe, 1950–67 Bruno Thosse
    3. The war that was never fought: the US army, the Bundeswehr, and the NATO central front Dennis Showalter
    4. Why they did not go home: the GIs and the battle over their presence in the 1960s and 1970s Hubert Zimmermann
    Part II. Military Communities:
    5. United States army military communities in Germany Thomas Leuerer
    6. German-American relations at the local level: Heidelberg, 1948–55 Theodor Scharnholz
    7. American military families in West Germany: social, cultural, and foreign relations, 1946–65 Donna Alvah
    Part III. Tensions between Neighbors:
    8. Insolent occupiers, aggressive protectors: policing GI delinquency in early 1950s Germany Gerhard Fürmetz
    9. Protection from the protector: court-martial cases and the lawlessness of occupation in American-controlled Berlin, 1945–8 Jennifer V. Evans
    Part IV. The German Armed Forces and the American Model:
    10. The godfathers of Innere Führung? The American military model and the creation of the Bundeswehr Klaus Naumann
    11. From Befehlsausgabe to 'briefing': the Americanization of the Luftwaffe Wolfgang Schmidt
    Part V. The 1970s and 1980s:
    12. 'Army in anguish': the United States army, Europe in the early 1970s Alexander Vazansky
    13. The US military and dissenters in the ranks: Germany 1970–5 Howard J. De Nike
    14. The US armed forces and the development of anti-NATO protests in West Germany, 1980–9 Anni Baker
    15. GIs under seige: the German peace movement confronts the US military Lou Martin
    Appendix: population statistics on the US armed forces in Germany, 1945–2000 Dewey Browder.

  • Editors

    Thomas W. Maulucci, Jr, American International College
    Thomas W. Maulucci, Jr is Associate Professor of History at American International College. He is the author of Adenauer's Foreign Office: West German Diplomacy in the Shadow of the Third Reich (2012).

    Detlef Junker, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany
    Detlef Junker is Senior Distinguished Professor of History and founding director of the Heidelberg Center for American Studies at Heidelberg University. He is the editor of the two-volume handbook The United States and Germany in the Era of the Cold War, 1945–1990 (2004).

    Contributors

    Thomas W. Maulucci, Jr, Hans-Jaochim Harder, Bruno Thosse, Dennis Showalter, Hubert Zimmerman, Thomas Leuerer, Theodor Scharnholz, Donna Alvah, Gerhard Fürmetz, Jennifer V. Evans, Klaus Naumann, Wolfgang Schmidt, Alexander Vazansky, Howard J. De Nike, Anni Baker, Lou Martin, Dewey Browder

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