This is the first English language source reader that deals with post-war (West) Germany. The sources, which include official Allied and German documents, parliamentary debates, contemporary newspapers articles, diaries and a large number of previously unpublished archival materials, allow for the first time a source-based study of post-war Germany for non-German speakers.
The sources allow an assessment of the changes of Allied policy in the immediate post-war years which led to the establishment of the Federal Republic of Germany; explain the country's role in the intensifying Cold War; and encourage a re-evaluation of the 'economic miracle' and whether the Federal Republic signified a 'new start' for Germany or a 'restoration' of the old social forces and patterns.
The book will be of great benefit to students of German post-war history at all levels. It offers a unique opportunity for teachers and lecturers to go well beyond the traditional sources explaining German History and the Cold War. -- .
Armin Grunbacher is Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Birmingham -- .
List of plates Preface Acknowledgements List of abbreviations Chronology Part I Interregnum, 1945-49 1. The Allies in control, 1945-46 2. Growing division, 1946-49 Part II 'The Allies' Federal Chancellor', 1949-55 3. Founding myth and 'Economic Miracle' 4. Problems and challenges 5. Westintegration 6. Rearmament Part III, 'We are again somebody .', Life and Politics in the 1950s 7. Visit to Moscow and the Hallstein Doctrine 8. European Integration: From Messina to the Elysee Treaty 9. Art and culture in the Miracle Years 10. Leisure and consumers 11. Gender and youth 12. The 'Corporate' State Part IV Kanzlerdammerung and the Nazi past 13. Adenauer, the GDR and the Berlin Wall 14. 'Mein Gott, was soll aus Deutschland werden.' The Presidency, the Spiegel Affair and the Successor Question 15. The Nazi past The Adenauer era: A summary Selected reading Index -- .