In Germans to the Front , David Large charts the path from Germany's total demilitarization immediately after World War II to the appearance of the Bundeswehr, the West German army, in 1956. The book is the first comprehensive study in English of West German rearmament during this critical period. Large's analysis of the complex interplay between the diplomatic and domestic facets of the rearmament debate illuminates key elements in the development of the Cold War and in Germany's ongoing difficulty in formulating a role for itself on the international scene. Rearmament severely tested West Germany's new parliamentary institutions, dramatically defined emerging power relationships in German politics, and posed a crucial challenge for the NATO alliance. Although the establishment of the Bundeswehr ultimately helped stabilize the nation, the acrimony surrounding its formation generated deep divisions in German society that persisted long after the army took the field. According to Large, the conflict was so bitter because rearmament forced a confrontation with fundamental questions of national identity and demanded a painful reckoning with the past. |Regarded as the primary textbook and sourcebook for the teaching and practice of local journalism and newspaper publishing in the U.S., this book addresses the issues a small-town newspaper writer or publisher is likely to face, from why community journalism is important and distinctive; to hints for reporting, news writing, and feature writing with a ""community spin""; to handling design, production, photojournalism, and staff management. This edition includes a new ""Best Practices"" chapter for community newspapers.
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Number of pages: 341
Weight: 576 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 32 mm
Edition: 3rd Revised edition
An important contribution.
"Central European History"
A work that is both comprehensive and comprehensible.
"International History Review"
Large's book is highly recommended for readers at any level with an interest in modern Germany.
The strength of Large's book lies in its investigation of the West German debate at the institutional level.
"American Historical Review"
"Extremely impressive, well-written, and well-researched account of a critical period in the history of modern Germany and the Cold War.
Thomas Schwartz, Vanderbilt University"
Extremely impressive, well-written, and well-researched account of a critical period in the history of modern Germany and the Cold War.
Thomas Schwartz, Vanderbilt University