Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Band I: Jahre der Besatzung, 1945-1949

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Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Band I: Jahre der Besatzung, 1945-1949

By Theodor Eschenburg and others
Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt/Wiesbaden: Brockhaus, 1983
627 pp.
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Another important sign of a new self-consciousness in the Federal Republic, this is the first of a projected five-volume series on the history of the FRG, the provisional state that has lasted longer than any other German state in this century. Written by several outstanding scholars, this volume examines the years when divided Allies improvised the division of what was left of Germany. It is a thorough, fair-minded appraisal of the actions and motives of occupiers and occupied, and also a fine evocation of the cultural and political life in the Western occupation zones.