The United States in Germany, 1944-1955

The United States in Germany, 1944-1955

The United States in Germany, 1944-1955

The United States in Germany, 1944-1955

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It seems appropriate in introducing this book to say something about its purpose. To begin with, it must be stated that it makes no claim to be a definitive analysis of the tangled events of the American occupation of Germany arising out of World War II. There may be some doubt whether a truly definitive single study of the extremely complex and widely ramified aspects of the occupation will ever be forthcoming. In any event, it is likely to require a decade or so before a serious attempt can be made to produce such a work. Nor does this book pretend to furnish detailed and technical coverage of the occupation. Such an undertaking would require for one thing several times the space available here. Studies of such a character are likely to be the responsibility of official historical agencies or contracted to semi-official organizations or private research foundations. The more modest purpose of this book is to present an overall account of the American role in the occupation of Germany for the use of general readers, university students, and others who desire to have a carefully drafted and authoritative study of what went on in this most important undertaking. It is hoped that despite the nontechnical character of the book certain of its conclusions may be of interest to those with a more specialized interest.

Although this book does not essay to be definitive, it is based on a great array of authoritative material. It will be noted even by a casual reader that it makes generous use of the monographs of the Historical Division of the Office of the U. S. High Commissioner for Germany (HICOG). This is no accident. Indeed one of the chief reasons leading to the preparation of the book was the feeling of the author who served as the first chief historian of HICOG and participated as consultant of the State Department in the initial planning of the project that the significant conclusions of this series of monographs should be brought together as far as possible within the confines of a single volume. At one time it was hoped that this could be done as part of the official project, but for various reasons this did not prove feasible. And even now the classified status of several of the monographs precludes a complete summary.

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