A Bibliographic Essay on the Allied Occupation and Reconstruction of West Germany, 1945-1955

Published In: Small Wars and Insurgencies, v. 24, no. 4, 2013, p. 751-759

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2013

by Paul D. Miller

There is no definitive, single-volume history of the Allied occupation and reconstruction of West Germany from 1945 to 1955. This is a significant and surprising lacuna in the literature on US and European history, international relations, and the rapidly growing field in reconstruction and stabilization operations. Scholars, historians, and policymakers need a comprehensive treatment of the German occupation. There is now an opportunity to fill that need. This bibliographic essay reviews the wealth of source material that has become available in recent decades. We can now synthesize primary sources and specialized scholarship to tell the story, for the first time, of how the Allies occupied and rebuilt the western part of Germany.

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