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The Political Re-Education of Germany and her Allies

After World War II, 1st Edition

Edited by Nicholas Pronay, Keith Wilson


264 pages

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Hardback: 9780367247881
pub: 2019-07-16
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Originally published in 1985, this book provides an important insight into the principal aspects of the history of the policy and practice of political re-education from its origins to 1951. ‘Political re-education’ was the British alternative to the ideas put forward by the USA and the USSR in the common search for a post-war policy which would permanently prevent the resurgence of Germany for a third time as a hostile military power. It was adopted as Allied policy and remains one of the boldest and most imaginative policies in history for securing lasting peace. This book discusses the question of the place of this policy in the preservation of peace and the integration of Germany and Japan into the community of their historical enemies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: ‘To Stamp Out the Whole Tradition…’ Nicholas Pronay 1. Great War Prologue Keith Wilson 2. The Planning of ‘Re-education’ During the Second World War Lothar Kettenacker 3. The Concept and Practice of ‘Re-education’ in Germany 1945-50 Kurt Jürgensen 4. The Education Branch of the Military Government of Germany and the Schools Arthur Hearnden 5. The Press in the British Zone of Germany Kurt Koszyk 6. In Retrospect: Britain’s Policy of ‘Re-education’ Michael Balfour 7. Welt im Film: Anglo-American Newsreel Policy Roger Smither 8. American Film Policy in the Re-Education of Germany after 1945 David Culbert 9. The Re-Education of Imperial Japan Gordon Daniels 10. From ‘Re-education’ to the Selling of the Marshall Plan in Italy David Ellwood.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: German History

Originally published between 1929 and 1991 the volumes in this set:

  • Offer a comprehensive and challenging interpretation of the German past
  • Assess Bismarck’s contribution to the German Empire and his legacy for modern Germany
  • Examine the psyche of the Germans and discuss the psychological impact of the Second World War on the Germans
  • Review critically not only the rise and rule of National Socialism, but also the strength of authoritarianism and militarism and the weakness of democracy in 19th Century Germany
  • Examine the inter-relationships between social and economic change on the one hand, and political developments on the other.
  • Analyse the significance of the Zollverein on economic growth
  • Discuss authority and the law in the German Empire and the Weimar Republic.
  • Analyse the contribution of German historians to 20th Century historiography
  • Chart key events in British – German trade rivalry
  • Include archival material from both the former East and West Germany.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Germany