The Decision to Divide Germany

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The Decision to Divide Germany

By John H. Backer
Duke University Press, 1978
212 pp. $9.95
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This book shows with admirable scholarship that the division of Germany, a fait accompli by early 1947, was, on the American side, the result of "disjointed incrementalism" rather than a grand design as some revisionist historians claim. The author emphasizes the influence of historical perceptions. He was a member of the American military government and later a Foreign Service officer in Germany.