In This Review
The Decision to Divide Germany

The Decision to Divide Germany

By John H. Backer

Duke University Press, 1978, 212 pp.

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.